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MP and MSP combine to host successful Hillhead employment fayre

Stuart McDonald MP and Rona Mackay MSP plan to repeat “hugely successful” event designed to support people into work.

The MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East and MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden held the joint event at Hillhead Community Centre on Monday.

Stallholders included a wide range of employers and organisations offering job opportunities, apprenticeships, training, education and employment support.  Alongside this, employability workshops were held by New College Lanarkshire and Skills Development Scotland.

Mr McDonald said: “It was great to see such a wide range of organisations taking part, providing a host of opportunities – and to see such an excellent turnout, making the event very worthwhile.  I’m grateful to all involved, including St Ninian’s and Kirkintilloch High Schools for allowing pupils to attend, and to staff for their hard work in co-ordinating all this.

“I’m hopeful the event will have resulted in local people finding good jobs or training opportunities, or perhaps given them a good idea of the careers they would like to work towards.  It is definitely something we would like to repeat again in future”.

Ms Mackay said: “It is so important as local representatives that we lend a hand to getting our constituents into a stable job. The benefits of working cannot be overstated – income, confidence and progression in the career ladder.

“The event was a great chance to help people, and an incredibly value exercise in learning what it is job-hunters in the town are looking for work wise. I am incredibly happy to be in a position where I am able to host events like these that literally bring people into work.

“I would like to thank all of those who attended the fayre as well as the exhibitors and our great hosts at Hillhead Community Centre, it was hugely successful.”


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