Scottish government is upping its efforts to help young people find work

The Scottish government is giving local councils nearly £6m in order to fund more job opportunities for young people, as it looks to cut youth unemployment levels by 40 per cent by 2021.

 

Measures already in place

Councils will be using the money to create better working relationships between schools, local councils, employers and training providers as they look to support young people in need of employment.

In Scotland, 16-19 year olds who are unemployed are guaranteed a place on a further education programme or vocational training. This has played a major part in decreasing the number of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET).

 

‘Need to keep up momentum’

One of the ways in which the money can be used is by funding more modern apprenticeships, a scheme that former First Minister Alex Salmond encouraged small businesses to use.

‘‘We have already funded Skills Development Scotland to provide more Modern Apprenticeships and enhanced careers advice but we need to keep up momentum,’’ explained Roseanna Cunningham

‘‘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.’’

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

A number of local skills organisations are committed to helping councils get more youngsters into work, including Cosla, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

‘‘The challenges for progressing this complex and transformative programme of work to 2021 cannot be underestimated at all, given the likely pressures on public services over the next few years.’’ stated Councillor Stephanie Primrose, Cosla’s spokeswoman for education, children and young people.

‘‘We are of course, though, happy to continue to work with the Scottish government as partners in the delivery of the programme.’’