Cash boost to tackle region’s youth jobless

Further funding for Dumfries

and Galloway to deliver programmes that support young people into a job has been hugely welcomed.

Dumfries and Galloway will receive a £233,193 share of £6.5million from the Scottsih Government to support the implementation of recommendations made by the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce in their blueprint published last year.

The funding will also go towards initiatives to develop vocational and employment pathways for young people, strengthen links between schools and employers and help vulnerable groups become work-ready.

Recent Labour Market Statistics show that youth unemployment in Scotland has fallen to its lowest level in five years while youth employment has risen in a year.

SNP MSP Aileen McLeod said: “This announcement is great news for the area.

“We have made huge progress in Scotland in tackling youth unemployment, but there can never be any room for complacency when young people still struggle to find work.

“That is why this new programme is so important and should enable us to go even further in tackling youth unemployment and providing opportunities for all of our young people.

“The Scottish Government is doing all that it can to boost employment with the powers currently available to it, but with greater responsibilities over tax and welfare we could do even more.

“Electing a strong team of SNP MPs in May is vital to secure the job-creating powers we need to build on this progress and make Scotland a fairer, more prosperous country.”

Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham said: “The latest trends on youth employment have been hugely encouraging but there is no room for complacency. The Scottish Government is committed to supporting more young women and men into jobs and published a new youth employment strategy in December.

“At the heart of our strategy is the report by the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce. We will continue to work closely with our partners in local government and Scotland’s business community on its implementation as part of a seven year plan to create a new world-class system of work-based training that will work for both the economy and the job prospects of our young people.

“I am very pleased to be able to confirm funding for all of our local authorities that will give them additional resources to tailor activity to local need as we progress work to ensure all of Scotland’s young people have the best possible chance of success.”