People seeking help getting into work or training were offered free advice at a special event at McDonald Road Library, today.

The drop-in event, organised by The City of Edinburgh Council’s Get On service in partnership with key employability organisations from across the city, aimed to connect job seekers with specially trained employability staff.

Attendees took part in a range of activities and workshops including:

  • CV clinic
  • live vacancy stall
  • job search drop-in
  • information stalls

The event also marked the launch of the new Employability Helpline number: 0131 529 6161. The helpline offers access to advice for those seeking to get into work or training. It also offers support on money matters, housing, and health, through a consortium of partners acting as an Integrated Employability Service.

Economic Convenor Councillor Frank Ross said: “Events like today’s are all about equipping people with the information, skills and confidence they need to get out into the job market. The people I have spoken to today are ready and willing to offer their skills to society, and Get On offers a gateway through to services aimed at providing them the best possible chance to make that contribution.

“We recognise how high a priority employment is to people in Edinburgh, which is why our budget for 2013/14 reinstated £800,000 in grant funding to employability services in the city. That’s in addition to the £1m to continue supporting the Edinburgh Guarantee, targeted specifically at creating opportunities for young people”.