£6m Funding Allocated to Help Young Scots Enhance Their Employability

September 22, 2015

Close to £6 million of government funds are to be allocated to councils across Scotland to support efforts aimed at helping young people prepare for work and to find jobs.

The amount of £5.8 million is to be split between 32 local authorities nationwide, with the funding intended to help the government reach its target of reducing youth unemployment in Scotland by 40 per cent by 2021.

Plans are in place to see the funding used in ways that strengthen the links between Scotland’s schools and colleges and employers in a position to offer work to young people.

The cash will also be used to support efforts around work-based learning and the development of career pathways for young people, including those who could be particularly vulnerable to unemployment.

“Work to reduce youth unemployment in Scotland by 40 per cent by 2021 is well underway through actions as part of our youth employment strategy,” said Roseanna Cunningham, cabinet secretary for fair work, skills and training.

“This additional funding will allow councils to offer even more support to their young people and further boost Scotland’s economic growth.”

Figures released last month by the Office for National Statistics showed that there are now 363,000 young people in work across Scotland, which is the highest number recorded since 2005.

Nevertheless, around 14 per cent of people aged between 16 and 24 were still unemployed at the end of the second quarter of this year.

Separate funding has already been allocated by the Scottish government towards support for careers advice and modern apprenticeships, which are primarily aimed at young people.

In her statements, Ms Cunningham emphasised that local government bodies across Scotland will need to continue taking positive action if youth unemployment rates around the country are indeed to be reduced by 40 per cent by 2021.

“Local government has a key role to play in preparing young women and men for employment and is already taking forward a range of activity to help them fulfil their potential,” she said.

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