Council get funding for youth training

Dumfries and Galloway Council will receive £208,080 to help young people prepare for the world of work.

The total funding of £5.8 million announced earlier this week forms part of action to reduce youth unemployment in Scotland by 40 per cent by 2021, as outlined in Developing the Young Workforce – Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy.

The council will use the additional investment to strengthen links between schools, colleges and employers, continue developing work-based learning and career pathways for all young people, and support vulnerable groups towards employment.

Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham said: “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. Last month’s figures showed that youth employment was at 363,000, the highest figure recorded since the same period ten years ago.

“We have already funded Skills Development Scotland to provide more Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) and enhanced careers advice but we need to keep up momentum. 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 Dumfries and Galloway Council to offer even more support to their young people and further boost Scotland’s economic growth.”