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Promoting business karma

June 11, 2012 4:25 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Two weeks ago, Edinburgh's Liberal Democrat MP, Mike Crockart, launched the campaign 'Get Edinburgh Working', which aims to find 100 local job or training opportunities in 100 days.

The campaign was launched to call on businesses across Edinburgh to support local people and provide training opportunities to get people back into work.

Mike said "The response from local businesses has been amazing and we've already identified a dozen training places with many more conversations started between businesses and the 'Joined up for Jobs' team.

"Each one of these training places has the potential to be life-changing for the young person receiving it. I'm sure that the next few weeks will see the campaign secure many more of these 100 opportunities"

Anna Louise Simpson, the CEO of Mama Tea said "Taking on an Apprentice is like business karma; we give a young person a chance but get so much more in return. I would recommend that every business should consider it".

Graham Birnie, Factory Manager of Premier Hytemp said "There is a lot of support available for businesses, no matter what their size, to provide training opportunities and to get young people back into work.

" We've committed to taking on two people through the Modern Apprenticeship with a local college and I would encourage as many companies as possible to get involved with such a worthwhile campaign".

Barrie Henderson, the Managing Director of Xtreme Karting said "100 Apprentices in 100 days is a brilliant campaign. It is great to see so many local businesses working together to reduce unemployment in Edinburgh.

"We have taken on two paid work experience placements before in our site in Falkirk and they ended up gaining full-time jobs. I hope the same will happen with the two local people we're now going to employ in Edinburgh"