Games project helps over 4,500 people find work

More than 4,500 people have found work or training through projects connected to the Commonwealth Games, new figures show.

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Opportunities in Glasgow have been boosted as a result of the event being held in the city this summer, the city council said.

The figures were released as part of a "legacy week" highlighting the long-term economic, cultural, educational and sporting benefits of the Games with less than 150 days to go.

One project, the Commonwealth Graduate Fund, has helped more than 500 unemployed graduates into work, it was revealed.

Around 1,000 people are expected to be recruited through the scheme, which offers financial assistance of up to £10,000 for the first year of a new graduate job.

The fund is part of the city council's £50 million Glasgow guarantee, which aims to ensure all 16 to 24-year-olds have access to a job, apprenticeship or training.

The local authority has also launched a new youth employment initiative, led by Glasgow Community Planning Partnership, which aims to provide co-ordinated and targeted services.

Council leader councillor Gordon Matheson said: "We want to give Glaswegians the skills and opportunities to find work and fulfil their aspirations for a brighter future.

"By linking these aspirations to our excellent Legacy employment and training projects we are ensuring that the Commonwealth Games will continue to help our city's citizens flourish and the city's economy grow for years to come."

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