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Local Employment Advisory Forum (LEAF) event in Glasgow a great success

On Tuesday 29 April, a LEAF event was held in Glasgow bringing local organisations, businesses and government agencies together to tackle worklessness at a grassroots level. The forum is an information zone offering practical support, advice and guidance on specific job skills for people who are not working.Alan Long, Executive Director, Mears said: “Mears set up the Local Employment Advisory Forums to provide advice on employment, skills and training. We believe that offering information, advice and guidance is a step towards tackling worklessness and assisting people on their journey to employment. We were delighted to host this event and work with our partners in Glasgow to support local people to find out more about improving their skills and offering information to help them succeed in their training and employment goals.”Exhibitors at the event included: Police Scotland, Robertson Construction, The Princes Trust, Glasgow Kelvin College, Action for Children, Clyde Gateway, Jobs and Business Glasgow, Asert, Morrison Supermarket, Mears Repairs and Maintenance and Mears 24/7.Key partner of the event Thenue Housing Association also offers a programme of four workshops which aim to build skills and encourage residents to think about returning to work.Ross McCabe, Community Regeneration Manager Thenue Housing Association said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our residents to see what the business community of Glasgow has to offer. Combined with our employability support programme, LEAF has given residents a real insight into the employment market.”Buildbase exhibited at the event and offered young people the opportunity to find out about and apply for apprenticeships.Jamie Leonard from Auchinairn said: “LEAF was wonderful, I found out loads about what’s behind these companies such as IT and HR. I’m excited about being able to contact Ross Cooke in regards to gaining an apprenticeship with Buildbase this year.”A number of visitors also signed up to become volunteers for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.Laura Castor from Host City Volunteers said: “I was happy to be part of the LEAF event as it engages with the local community. I’m really pleased that we have been able to sign up some people to become a volunteer at the Commonwealth Games.”There are plans for another LEAF event to be held in Glasgow later in the year. For further information please contact


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