Foyer Works, a branch of charity Aberdeen Foyer
that creates jobs for disadvantaged young people, has been contracted to carry out property maintenance within council homes in Banff and Buchan.
The enterprise provides a property maintenance service to housing associations, private clients, voluntary organisations and Aberdeen City Council.
A base was established in Fraserburgh after the firm secured a contract to carry out work for the council, and has recruited a supervisor and four young people as trainees. They have already been busy on various projects including decorating and garden maintenance.
Aberdeen Foyer's commercial director, Leona McDermid, said: "Foyer Works has already supported several young people into work in Aberdeen and it has always been our aim to set up a team in the north."
"A combination of the work from Aberdeen City Council, the Future Jobs Fund and sponsorship from Exxon Mobil has made this possible and as a result we already have five people into work in a sustainable business that has potential for growth."
Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council's Social Work and Housing Committee, Councillor Gurudeo Saluja, said: "I am heartened to see Aberdeenshire Council working closely with such a worthwhile social enterprise that is helping young homeless people gain valuable skills to carry them into the workplace and out of deprivation."