Falkirk Council Agenda - 22 October 2007, 09:30 Help

A meeting to be held at Municipal Buildings, Falkirk at 09:30 on 22 October 2007.

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Declarations of Interest: Members should declare any financial and non-financial interests they have in any item of business at the meeting, identifying the relevant agenda item and the nature of the interest.
The following items of business were not considered at the ordinary meeting on 3 October 2007 and are the only items remaining for consideration at the reconvened meeting.
(a)Graduate Work Experience Scheme

The My Future's in Falkirk Strategy has been the most successful economic development program ever within the Falkirk Council area, particularly in relation to providing opportunities for young people..

However, despite our successes there remain outstanding issues affecting the long term viability of the Falkirk economy, one of which is the loss of university graduates, particularly to the south.

One reason for this is the general insistence on the requirement of experience for graduates within their field of educational achievement.

Council therefore resolves to seek to establish a graduate work experience scheme both within the local authority itself and within our wider area through the recently established Business Panel.

Council therefore resolves to approve the principle of a Graduate Work Experience scheme and calls on officers from both Economic Development and Education to bring forward a joint report on the details required to establish this scheme locally.

Proposed by Councillor A MacDonald
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(b)Local History Teaching

Council note with satisfaction the recent erection of two community led monuments to important areas of local history and heritage.

The monument to the Scottish patriots who died for Scottish independence at the first battle of Falkirk is one in a link of significant sites and memorials to Falkirk's important role in this period of our history.

The last land battle fought on Scottish soil was the 1820 uprising where the Weavers sought to rise against the state under the slogan "Scotland Free or a Desert" and took place at Bonnymuir, recently recognised by the 1820 Society.

During the period of the last Administration with Falkirk Council the teaching of local history was driven up the educational curriculum with various initiatives. There is currently scope within the parameters of the development of the local history curriculum for further such initiatives such as the teaching of the history of the Radical Movement of 1920 in local schools.

Council therefore calls on the Education Committee of Falkirk Council to bring forward a report that ensures the teaching of Falkirk's role in the Scottish Wars of Independence and the Radical Movement of 1820.

Proposed by Councillor Coleman
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Submit Report by Acting Director of Law and Administration.
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If so resolved in terms of Section 50A(4) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, exclude from the meeting the press and public for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 8 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A of the said Act.

(This item has been called in to Council in terms of the Scheme of Delegation by Councillors Alexander and Spears)
(a)Extract of Minute of Meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee held on 11 September 2007; and
(b)Report by Director of Housing and Social Work Services Committee