Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance visited Dunbar’s Community Bakery and Community Kitchen last week.
Both have been active in providing training and employment opportunities to local young people.
It was one of a number of visits the Minister has made to speak directly to employers to gain an insight into their motivation and benefits in recruiting young people; and to their employees to hear about the challenges they face when looking for employment or training.
Guided on her visit by Philip Revell, Chair of Sustaining Dunbar, the Development Trust responsible for the two community ventures, Ms Constance met Ross Baxter, manager of The Bakery, and members of staff.
Ms Constance then visited Dunbar Community Kitchen at the Bleachingfield Centre, where she met Pat Tweedie, manager of the kitchen, alongside board members of the community kitchen.
Ms Constance said: “It was a pleasure to be able to visit the Bakery and the Community Kitchen on the same day that it was announced, yet again, that Scotland has lower unemployment and higher employment amongst our young people compared to the UK. Success stories like these show how much can be achieved by making young people our business. The Bakery has established a fantastic reputation as one of Scotland’s, and Britain’s, finest bakeries and it is encouraging that young people are playing a vital role in its success. The Community Kitchen has also established itself as a valuable community facility. Scottish Government is committed to working with partners including employers, training providers and their organisations to support young people into employment.”