Hundreds of people attend events during Career Week

Hundreds of people attend events during Career Week

Posted on June 10, 2024


More than 600 people from across North Ayrshire learned about life-changing job and training opportunities during Jobs Week.

The week featured a range of events to help showcase the services that are available through North Ayrshire Council and various partners, with information about job vacancies, new careers, training and volunteering.

The Council’s employment service Your Next Move, Working North Ayrshire program organized Employability Week to help people explore the opportunities that are available on their doorstep.

This was the second annual Employment Week, which ran from May 27 to 31 and the main events were:

  • A Modern Apprenticeship (MA) information day at Irvine Voluntary Chambers.
  • An open day at CEIS Ayrshire, in Irvine, where people can meet the team and find out about the range of employment support programs available.
  • The launch of a new youth employment center at Stevenston Library for unemployed young people aged 16 to 24.
  • A business networking morning where local employers discussed employment support and recruitment and training initiatives.

  • Ardrossan Parenting Center’s first birthday to promote the variety of support the We Work for Families team can offer parents and

  • A job fair in Saltcoats where people met local employers to find out about job vacancies and talk to employment services for support.

There was also a barbecue at Eglinton Community Gardens, Eglinton Park, Kilwinning, with information stands organized by: the Council’s Justice Service, which supports people who have come through the justice system with unpaid work and training; Equal, which is a Council service that helps people with disabilities or long-term health conditions get back into work; We Work for Families, a Council funded service in Ardrossan supporting parents to break down barriers and enter employment and CEIS Ayrshire employability.

The MA event was a success again this year, with the team speaking to more than 200 young people whose comments included “These events are valuable to the community” and “I would definitely recommend this to others”.

The CEIS team received 45 new referrals throughout the week, while the Parent Center had 46 people through the door – with 18 enrolled in workshops and job interviews arranged for two.

Almost 30 tables were organized by employers and partners in different sectors at the Job Fair. Around 300 members of the public attended on the day and interviews are in the works for many of them.

Louise Kirk, Head of the Service for Economic Development, Growth and Regeneration, said: “This week of events provided a fantastic opportunity for residents from across North Ayrshire to find out more about where their next move could be – if that’s in training or employment.

“I would like to thank all the Council teams and partner organizations involved for helping to make the week a success and I wish everyone who came along to sign up for an apprenticeship, investigate local training opportunities or learn about job vacancies.”

The Council’s Employability Service offers a range of support through its Your Next Move programme, Working North Ayrshire.

Contracted partners delivering Your Next Move, Working North Ayrshire include We Work for Families and CEIS Ayrshire, who all contribute to providing a wide range of support to help individuals prepare for and progress into employment.

To access any of the opportunities offered by Your Next Move, Working North Ayrshire, please email

You can also find out how Your Next Move, Working North Ayrshire can help you with things like CVs, application forms, Modern Apprenticeships, paid work experience, interview techniques and secure employment at Help to find work (

Follow the team on Facebook at Working North Ayrshire.

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