New Opportunity Centre for Dunfermline

Archived news: published on Friday 04 Mar 2005 by Fife Council

Cllr Bill Kay, Violetta Ilendo, Development Services and Malcolm Barron, Careers Scotland

Cllr Bill Kay, Violetta Ilendo, Development Services and Malcolm Barron, Careers Scotland

The Opportunity Centre has moved to new premises at 15 East Port, Dunfermline and an open day was hosted on Thursday (3rd March) attended by over 100 representatives from a wide range of agencies to celebrate the launch of the new look centre.

Councillor Bill Kay, Fife Council's Spokesperson for Lifelong Learning said: "I'm delighted to see Dunfermline Opportunity Centre now ready to open its doors in refurbished and expanded premises and able to provide better access to services for the people of Dunfermline and West Fife. With the job market continually changing people of all ages need to keep their skills up to date and the Opportunity Centres have a key role to play in helping people make the most of the job, training and learning opportunities available."

Fife's network of six Opportunity Centres is a unique partnership bringing a number of different agencies together under the one roof to make it easier for people to access help with career planning, CV's and job interviews, information on learning and re-training, basic skills such as reading and writing and English language skills for people whose first language isn't English.

The key partners in Dunfermline are Careers Scotland, LEAD (Linking Education and Disability) Scotland, Adult Basic Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages and staff from the Council's Inclusion and Employability Team. In addition a wide range of other agencies work closely with the Opportunity Centre to help provide pathways into work and learning for their clients. These agencies include Jobcentre Plus, Lauder College's Employment and Enterprise, Fife Employability Team, SHAW Trust, Fife Keyfund, Cornerstone and Open Door Fife.

Christina Allon, Director of Careers Scotland said: "The Dunfermline Opportunity Centre is a great resource and I am delighted that our new centre means that we can offer more services to clients. Our professional advisers are always on hand to help, whether people are thinking of starting a new job, changing career, getting back into work or training or simply making the most of their current situation.

"The new look, modern centre has already resulted in many more people coming through our doors with over 1000 callers last month dropping in to use our self-help facilities. Our team is looking forward to helping everyone in West Fife make the best plans for their career."

The centre is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm (10am opening on Wednesdays) and provides free access to computers, email and a host of information on jobs, skills and learning.

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