A Moray organisation aiming to help people learn, train and seek employment believes their task will never be as important as it is now.
The Moray Pathways partnership is comprised of several organisations including Moray Council, Skills Development Scotland, Moray College UHI and many others.
During the lockdown the consortium has been tasked with providing information to individuals and businesses to help them navigate the coronavirus pandemic.
Council officer Amy Cruickshank, who coordinates Moray Pathways, said: “We have been in existence for just over a year, but never has what we offer been more crucial.
“The country and Moray is in crisis. There are people out there who have been furloughed and don’t know whether they have jobs to go back to, there are businesses who may be making difficult decisions on whether they need to make staff redundant and there are people who already know they have lost work and may need to find employment or want to now re-train.
“What is great is that Moray is a vibrant and robust region and there are, despite the current climate plenty of opportunities out there.”
Organisations involved in the partnership have praised its work so far by helping to identify recruitment gaps and fill vacancies in sectors that have been struggling to hire.