Funding for Youth Employment hailed

Tuesday March 3rd 2015

The announcement of further funding for Midlothian Council to deliver programmes that support young people into a job today has been hailed as a move to build on the strong progress Scotland is already making.

Midlothian Council will receive £97,030 to support the implementation of recommendations made by the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce in their blueprint published last year.

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

Commenting, SNP MSP Colin Beattie said:

“The announcement of £97,030 to allow Midlothian Council to do more to help reduce unemployment amongst young people in the area 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.”

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