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In ANGUS, 890 people joined Skills Development Scotland’s national training programmes during 2010/11.

The national training programmes (NTPs) include Modern Apprenticeships, Get Ready for Work and Training for Work.

Together with partners, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) offers careers information, advice and guidance services to individuals of all ages. In Angus this service was accessed by 2,790 individuals.

Damien Yeates, Chief Executive of SDS said: “We are encouraged with the high uptake of our services as this demonstrates that SDS is successfully delivering programmes that are meeting the needs of people in Angus.

“During 2011/12, SDS will continue to work closely with partners, such as the Scottish Government, to increase pathways to sustainable employment across a wide range of sectors.

“SDS will also maintain its commitment to responding to the changing economic environment, and has a range of initiatives available to assist employers and individuals.”

If you are looking for help in to work or training or need advice, call the careers helpline on 0800 917 8000.

If you are a business looking for further information on SDS’ range of initiatives – including ERIs and FTOs – or if you would like support, advice or information on taking on a trainee or someone recently made redundant, call the employers’ helpline on 0800 783 6000.

Further information is also available at www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk