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Developing Scotland's young workforce

Published: 30 Oct 2015 10:23

£500,000 to deliver elements of Youth Employment Strategy.

Schools will receive additional support to help prepare young people for the world of work, it has been announced today.

Education Scotland will receive £500,000 to support the delivery of new standards for careers and work placements and the development of the senior phase curriculum.

Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham said:

"We are making rapid progress in taking forward the actions set out in our Youth Employment Strategy in a concerted effort to reduce youth employment by 40 per cent by 2021.

"In the last six weeks we have announced £5.8 million for local authorities to help their young people into jobs, £2.5 million for new industry-led regional groups and £1 million for the college sector.

"The money I am announcing today will allow Education Scotland to support schools, local authorities and their partners deliver new standards on careers and work placements. These are absolutely vital to ensuring our young people are 'work ready' and able to take up fulfilling careers when they leave school.

"Schools, colleges and employers are key to the delivery of our action on youth employment, and while recent statistics have been very positive, we must use every available tool at our disposal to support even more young people into work."