Cash boost for youth employment

Scottish Borders Council logo''April 2009
Scottish Borders Council logo''April 2009

Scottish Borders Council will receive £165,262 from the Scottish Government to help support young people towards a job.

The funding is to support the implementation of recommendations from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce.

The funding, part of £6.5 million investment for all Scotland’s local authorities, will go towards developing vocational and employment pathways for young people, strengthening links between schools and employers and helping vulnerable groups.

A Scottish Borders Council spokesperson said: “Developing a workforce for the future in the Borders is hugely important and we are delighted that the Scottish Government has allocated this money to the council.

“The link between education and the business sector is at the heart of the successful implementation of the Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce agenda. This is all about developing young people’s employability skills and this funding will be put to good use in the Borders.

“The council held an event last month which brought together a wide range of people from the education and business sectors and their feedback is helping us to create a framework to deliver skills, employability and jobs for young people, which is vital to the future of our local economy.”

Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham said: “The latest trends on youth employment have been hugely encouraging but there is no room for complacency. I am very pleased to be able to confirm funding for the Borders that will give the local authority additional resources to tailor activity to local needs.”