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HERO scheme helps over 200 people in the Highlands get jobs

By Gordon Calder

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OVER 200 people have been helped into employment by a scheme which was launched by Highland Council earlier this year.

HERO (Highland Employment Recruitment Offer), has helped 225 people get jobs – 119 have been aged 25 years and over and 106 have been under 25. The scheme was started in March to assist people who were finding it hard to get work.

The project is funded by the council and the Scottish Government under the No One Left Behind and Young Person's Guarantee Funding Streams. It helps people of all work ages.

In May, the Economy and Infrastructure Committee approved an allocation of up to £1million over financial years 2021/22 and 2022/23 to enable the HERO grant scheme to support businesses to create new jobs for unemployed adults.

Councillor Trish Robertson said it is heartening to see people get jobs
Councillor Trish Robertson said it is heartening to see people get jobs

Councillor Trish Robertson, who chairs the committee, said: "It is heartening to see how so many people are being supported into work. You only need to read the case studies to find out the very positive impact being in meaningful employment is having on people. I want to thank the business community for taking this initiative on board and working with our Employability Team to create the opportunities and my best wishes to all the people now in work. I hope they find the experience and the chance to learn new skills rewarding."

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