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Above: Grangemouth Municipal Chambers where ETU is based.

Plans to change the way local employers receive employment recruitment incentives, as well as changes to commissioned training and employment support programmes will be discussed by councillors at a meeting of the Executive on 17 January.

A report highlights the current work undertaken to support employers to date but stresses that against a backdrop of the Council having to find £67m in the next five years, more emphasis should be placed on employers finding the funding directly.

The proposal would aim to save c.£500k over four years however, funding of other programmes would continue to be delivered through the Council’s Employment and Training Unit (ETU).

The ETU helps around 1200 people each year to help overcome barriers to employment and works with its own internal and external partners, delivering a variety of programmes helping in particular young people and long-term unemployed.

The report details that support will continue for some employers but at a potentially reduced level of funding.

Councillor Paul Garner, spokesperson for Economic Development said: “These proposals put forward a more effective way of using the limited budgets we have to support as many people as we can.

“If approved, we will continue to deliver a number of different programmes that reflect actual employers' needs in the market.”

You can read the report online.