Voluntary sector on board with Edinburgh Guarantee

Twelve of the leading voluntary sector organisations in Edinburgh have come together to show their support for the city’s school leavers.

As part of the Edinburgh Guarantee, all of the organisations have committed to try and identify jobs, paid internships or modern apprenticeships which could be taken up by local young people. Edinburgh 's Third Sector employs 15,000 people and contributes about half a billion pounds to the city's economy every year.

The Edinburgh Guarantee aims to ensure all school leavers have a positive destination - into employment, education or training. In 2011, a co-ordinated approach across public, private and voluntary sectors was launched to help increase the positive destinations available to young people. Edinburgh has moved up 12 places on the ranking by local authorities in Scotland since then but there is still more work to be done. Voluntary organisations will play a key role in this.

Work is now being undertaken to encourage employers to identify job opportunities within specific sectors through the use of business forums.

Councillor Tom Buchanan, Economic Development Convener for The City of Edinburgh Council, who have taken a leadership role in promoting the Edinburgh Guarantee, said: "I am delighted that voluntary organisations are giving their full support to the Edinburgh Guarantee. Every offer of support for the city's school leavers is valuable and I would encourage all employers, particularly in the voluntary sector, to do what they can for Edinburgh 's young people."

Martin Crewe , Director of Barnardo's Scotland , said: "It is a real mark of respect for the voluntary sector that we have been identified as one of the first sectoral business forums for the Edinburgh Guarantee. Not only do charities help a lot of people, they are also significant employers in the city. I hope that this initiative will show school leavers that working for a voluntary organisation can be an exciting career choice."

Any employer (pubic, private or voluntary) with a potential job opportunity should contact the city council's Business Liaison Officer: pam.peters@edinburgh.gov.uk

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