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Published: 26 Nov 2015 14:14

Perth centre helping minority groups towards jobs.

The importance of continued support for ethnic groups has been highlighted by Fair Work Secretary Roseanna Cunningham.

On a visit to see the work of the Minority Ethnic Access Development Project (MEAD) Project in Perth, Ms Cunningham praised the project's work in providing advice and guidance to minority groups, enabling them to access employability services and opportunities.

She said:

"After the tragic events of the Paris attacks, it feels even more important that we build a stronger and more cohesive society, one which is more fair and equal. There is absolutely no place for prejudice in Scotland, be it intended or not, and the Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that this is a welcoming country for all people, including those refugees who are arriving in Perth and Kinross and elsewhere in Scotland.

"We must therefore ensure that we are doing everything possible to help those with barriers to accessing job opportunities are receiving all the support they need to maximise their potential.

"We believe that individuals from different ethnic backgrounds enrich Scotland socially, culturally and economically and are committed to enabling more to access employment. Part of the £3 million Developing the Young Workforce funding allocated to Skills Development Scotland in 2014/15 will fund a pilot to support around 75 young BME people into Modern Apprenticeships.

"I was very pleased to see the work of MEAD today and meet some of their service users. They perform a key role in supporting ethnic groups towards jobs by offering them additional guidance and long may their work continue."