A fund worth over £300,000 aimed at assisting vulnerable young people in work was announced by the Scottish Government yesterday.
Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment Annabelle Ewing launched the new funding, which will provide “in work support” for those who face the most significant barriers when accessing employment opportunities.
The money will work alongside Scotland’s Employment Recruitment Incentive and be directed at young people who are disabled, care leavers, carers and those with criminal convictions aged 16 to 29.
Ms Ewing said: “The Scottish Government recognises the key role of Scotland’s Young workforce in delivering sustainable economic growth and we are committed to raising aspiration and employment opportunities for all our young people.
“We acknowledge the difficulties many of our young people face when trying to access employment and we recognise the extra challenges faced by those who are vulnerable or have specific needs. I am delighted to announce this funding of £302,500 to support the work of the Scotland’s Employment Recruitment Incentive.
“It is crucial that when we are trying to build a stronger economy and more equal society that no one is left behind, that is why we want our young people who may be disabled, carers, care leavers or have a criminal conviction get the extra support they need when accessing the jobs market.”
Judith Thomas, Education Development Manager (Employability), from WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) Scotland added:“WEA Scotland are very pleased to be working with Scottish Government and the newly established third sector consortium supporting some of the most disadvantaged young people in Scotland to access employment opportunities. It is heartening to be part of something which is based on individual need and is personal, flexible, responsive and creative.”