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Moray looks to the future

Published: 16 Feb 2016 09:30

Moray business community leading work to develop Scotland’s Young Workforce.

A new group of business leaders in Moray will be created as part of the ongoing drive of developing Scotland's young workforce and getting young people into work.

Regional groups are being created across the country to lead and support the development of Scotland's young potential.

Announcing the new group the Minister for Youth and Women's employment Annabelle Ewing, said:

"I am very pleased that Moray is the latest region to launch its Developing the Young Workforce regional group. While there is a considerable amount of good work happening in the area, I share the group's recognition that much more can be done to support young women and men towards sustainable and rewarding jobs.

"Recent statistics demonstrate a clear and sustained improvement in the youth labour market with youth employment reaching its highest September-November figure since 2005.

"We are not complacement and want to maintain progress and we know employers will play a key role in the delivery of the aims of Scotland's Youth Employment Strategy – a 40 per cent reduction in youth unemployment by 2021. We want an improved relationship between schools and employers that will allow all of our young people to progress, whatever their background or gender.

"This development of a Developing the Young Workforce Regional Group in Moray will lead and drive the change in employer's engagement with schools and colleges and challenge and support employers to recruit more young people into their workforce."

Willie Wood, HR Director at Johnstons of Elgin and Chair of the new DYW regional group said:

"As chair of the Moray DYW group I am delighted that funding has been approved. As a group we will be actively pushing initiatives so as industry and education, can, together, develop the young workforce of Moray for the future."

Notes to editors

Further detail on Developing Young Workforce can be found here: