A scheme has been launched to help young people in Dundee and Tayside start work in retail.
A sector-based work academy, which gives job hunters practical training in the field, will be run by the Dundee City Jobscentre in conjunction with Marks & Spencer.
It comes after the latest employment statistics for the city were released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
In Dundee, the jobs market has remained largely unchanged, with 15 fewer people claiming benefits at the end of May compared with April.
In total there were 4,130 people claiming out-of-work benefits in Dundee last month, down from 4,145.
Jane McEwen, who is work services manager at Dundee City Jobcentre, said that she was hopeful private and public-sector developments in the city will bring further jobs in the next few months.
She said: “This month, we are running the sector-based work academy called Get Into Retail, in conjunction with Marks & Spencer.
“It is for people aged 16 to 25 and it gives them practical experience in different aspects of retail, including things like training for good customer service, stock replenishment and operating checkouts or other equipment.
“Because the scheme is such good quality, we are confident that a high number of applicants will go on to gain employment with M&S across its three Dundee sites after the course.”
To cater for golfing fans making their way to Carnoustie next month for The Open, bar and catering staff are being recruited for the event through Dundee City Jobcentre.
Jane said: “With The Open, hundreds of jobs will come up.
“We will be helping to recruit for that nearer the event.
“Another big development at the moment is the construction of the Indigo Hotel, next to the Wellgate, which will have 120 bedrooms.
“We are hopeful that there will be some associated jobs from that which will be on offer.”
It is also understood there will be job offers going out this month for staff at the new Scottish social security agency in Dundee.
A further recruitment drive for the agency is expected around the end of September into early October – with the jobs highly sought after.
There were more than 500 applications for 80 roles when they were advertised in April, according to Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman.
The new agency will manage 11 benefits which Holyrood is to take control of, said to be worth around £3.3 billion a year.
The first devolved benefits are due to be distributed in Scotland in the summer, while the full transfer from Westminster will be by 2021, including personal independence payments and carer’s allowance.