Help Our Economy

How can your business help?

Support individuals of any age to experience the workplace, providing them the chance to enhance their CV and, should you have a vacancy, a chance to trial how they may fit within your organisation. Read the project charter for more information and find out more about how this contributes to our Local Outcome Improvement Plan.

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Offer apprenticeship and entry level positions – a chance to give someone their first job, or the chance to retrain, promoting the ability to ‘grow your own’ future workforce that will be fully embedded within the organisational culture and values.

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Whether through mentoring, providing mock interviews or inspiring others about your sector through activities in schools, colleges, universities or to individuals or groups of young people or adults, there are lots of opportunities to enthuse people towards a career in your industry. 

Read the project charter for more information and find out more about how this contributes to our Local Outcome Improvement Plan.

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If you’re a local business working in IT or digital, we need your help to encourage your future workforce to think about a career in this growth sector. We’re looking for your company to connect with a local school to increase awareness of career opportunities in the industry.  We will work with you on the engagement you provide to schools but this could be through workshops, talks or even work experience. Read the project charter to find out more about how this contributes to the Local Outcome Improvement Plan.   

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Help grow the local economy and increase employment opportunities in Aberdeen and the region by supporting new businesses to develop and grow.  Business champions help mentor and support new start up businesses and potential business creators, especially those from our priority localities in Aberdeen. Read the project charter to find out more about how this contributes to the Local Outcome Improvement Plan.  

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These hubs are intended to provide a platform for increased business start up activity in key growth sectors: digital, creative, food and drink, life sciences, tourism, energy’.  We need businesses who are will to get involved in the creative process, share their knowledge and support budding businesses. Read the project charter to find out more about how this contributes to the Local Outcome Improvement Plan.   

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In-work poverty has increased in recent years – with 1 in 5 people currently working in Scotland earning less than the current Real Living Wage hourly rate of £9.00. Baseline data in 2018 shows that 14.2% of working people (approx. 1 in 7) in Aberdeen are paid less than the Real Living Wage.  Increasing take-up of the Real Living Wage could help tackle pockets of in-work poverty within the City, with the added effect of increasing productivity – boosting the economy. Real Living Wage accredited employers have stated the positive benefits of paying the Wage, with 86% across the country saying it has improved the reputation of their business, 75% saying it has increased motivation and retention rates for employees, and 58% saying it has improved relations between management and their staff. Read the project charter to find out more about how this contributes to the Local Outcome Improvement Plan.   

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We’re working to make Aberdeen a Real Living Wage City. We’re looking for champions from Real Living Wage accredited companies to support the development of a place-based approach and action plan to promote the benefits of Living Wage accreditation to other Aberdeen businesses. Read the project charter to find out more about how this contributes to the Local Outcome Improvement Plan.   

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Digital connectivity is keeping most of us connected at this time. The latest City Voice questionnaire states that in 2020 94.6% of respondents have access to at least a laptop/ PC (82.1%), smart phone (80.6%) or tablet (67.5%).  However, it is believed that there are many people across Aberdeen, who have not participated in the survey, who do not have: 

  • Access to kit – an appropriate internet enabled device
  • Access to connectivity – the ability to pay for broadband or mobile data
  • The skills and confidence to get online – many people that have been given devices by friends or family may be unable to use them

Connecting Aberdeen is a city initiative to support vulnerable people who are digitally excluded and we are looking for responsible businesses to donate new and old stock  digital devices as well as support connectivity and upskilling citizens.

Read the project charter for more information and find out more about how this contributes to the Local Outcome Improvement Plan

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