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: Support & strengthen your workplace: Become Carer Positive today!,

Supporting working carers in Scotland

About Carer Positive

Carer Positive aims to encourage employers to create a supportive working environment for carers in the workplace.

Supporting carers to manage the sometimes difficult job of balancing work with caring responsibilities can deliver real benefits to employers as well as helping individuals and their families. Unfortunately many carers give up work because the job of juggling their work and caring responsibilities simply becomes too much.

The Carer Positive kitemark is awarded to employers in Scotland who have a working environment where carers are valued and supported. Carer Positive employers recognise the importance of retaining experienced members of staff, reducing absence, and cutting down on avoidable recruitment costs.

What‘s involved

The Carer Positive process is aimed to be clear and straightforward, based on a simple self-assessment process, with employers describing how they meet the criteria expected at each of 3 levels of the kitemark: engaged, established and exemplary.

Employers can progress from one stage to the next, building from an initial level of commitment to embedding a culture of support for carers within the organisation.

More information can be found at http://www.carerpositive.org/apply/

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: Perth & Kinross Launch Gold Star Employer Awards,

Gold Star Employer Awards Launch

Do you know a local forward-thinking firm who are going that extra mile to employ local people who face significant barriers to employment?

The Council has launched a new business awards scheme called the Perth and Kinross Gold Star Employer Awards and is seeking nominations for and from businesses which actively recruit young jobseekers, the long-term unemployed and those with varying disabilities where often reasonable adjustments may be required.

The Awards are being supported by Perth and Kinross Employment Connections, Perth and Kinross Employability Network, the Federation of Small Businesses and Perthshire Chamber of Commerce.

The scheme also benefits from the assistance of the Council's Employment Support Team. The Team is available to give advice and reassurance as well as practical in-work support to meet individual needs to companies looking to achieve Gold Star status. This could be by offering local people struggling to get a foot on the employment ladder with work experience or even a paid job.

Nominations are now open and a monthly winner will be selected by the judging panel which consists of representatives of the Federation of Small Businesses and Perthshire Chamber of Commerce.

Each monthly winner will receive a framed Gold Star certificate and have an article featuring their firm in the Perthshire Advertiser both in print and online.

An overall champion chosen from the monthly winners will be revealed at the end of the year.

If you:

  • are an employer who meets any of the criteria overleaf;
  • know an employer who meets any of the criteria;

please forward a nomination in no more than 250 words to us by email or calling the following number.

See the attached document for more information - GSA.pdf


by email : hccemploymentsupport@pkc.gov.uk

by phone : 01738 459663

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UPDATED: Training Matrix Published

The employability Network offers a wide range of ad-hoc and scheduled training events to meet many training needs of the community and organisations. You can download the matrix from the link below.

See the attached document for more information - PKEN_Training_Matrix.pdf

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Social Care Officers – Recruiting Now

We are looking for reliable, compassionate people with empathy and patience. As a social care officer you will support people with personal care whilst promoting independence, dignity, and quality of life. You will be rewarded with a valuable insight into adult care and get the chance to make a meaningful difference to peoples’ lives, all while continuing your education.

See the attached document for more information - sco.pdf

Enquiries to Jenny Hughes

by email : JHughes@pkc.gov.uk

by phone : 01738 475626

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: 2018 Employability Network meeting dates announced,

2018 Employability Network Meeting Dates

Date Time Venue
Wednesday 14th March 2pm – 4pm Queens Barracks, Dunkeld Road, Perth,
Wednesday 13th June 2pm – 4pm Vision PK, 14 New Row, Perth, PH1 5QA
Wednesday 19th September 2pm – 4pm TBA
Wednesday 28th November 2pm – 4pm TBA
Date Time Venue
Wednesday 24th January 9.15am-10.30am One Stop Shop (Number 3),
King street, Perth, PH2 8HR
Wednesday 18th April 9.15am-10.30am Room 017, Brahan building, Perth College UHI
Wednesday 8th August 9.15am-10.30am Downstairs office of Job Centre Plus,
60-62 High Street, Perth, PH1 5TH
Wednesday 24th October 9.15am-10.30am TBA

Enquiries to Wayne Smith

by email : WSmith@pkc.gov.uk

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: Volunteering with MOD Cadet Forces,

Volunteering with MOD Cadet Forces

Adult Volunteers in the MOD Cadet Forces help young people develop their potential and the virtues of good citizenship. The cadet forces are not part of the armed forces recruiting effort.

Volunteers aged over 18 are required to teach subjects such as First Aid, Navigation and deliver the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. In addition there are opportunities to teach cadets to learn to shoot competitively, how to fly and sail. No previous experience is necessary just a wish to work with young people.


Adult volunteers receive travel expenses and some paid training days. In addition there are opportunities to gain formal qualifications from a driving licence to leadership and management certification at up to masters level. In addition adult volunteers have opportunities to improve work related competences to those gained in military service such as team building, communications and problem solving.


If you are interested in applying to become a member of the cadet forces should apply via the following links:




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