Boost for youth employment

South of Scotland MSP Aileen McLeod said this week that Dumfries and Galloway is set to benefit from investment totalling more than £300,000 to support youth employment initiatives.

The funding from the Scottish government and the European Social Fund is based on funding bids from Dumfries and Galloway Council and will be used to create 100 job opportunities, including 50 apprenticeships for young people aged 16-24.

Dr McLeod said: “I am delighted that Dumfries and Galloway is to benefit from more than £300,000 of Scottish government and European funding to create job opportunities for more of the region’s young people.

“We know that youth employment is a serious problem which can have long-lasting adverse affects on young people’s career prospects, and even general health and wellbeing.

“So this announcement is good news for the region and I hope the council will be able to follow it up with further bids in the future.”