Central Scotland MSP welcomes £2.5m boost to youth employment fund

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 16:07 BST on Tuesday 3rd July 2012.

Clare Adamson, SNP MSP for Central Scotland, has this week welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that charities and social enterprises can now bid for a share of a £2.5 million fund to help young people find employment.

The additional fund comes after North and South Lanarkshire were awarded almost £4 million to help the region’s young people into work.

Opening the fund, Scotland’s Minister for Youth Employment, Angela Constance, said:

“The third sector has a proven track record in supporting young people in very difficult circumstances and has a lot to offer people who are seeking work.

“This is a challenge fund, and my challenge to the third sector is to build on the good work it already does and work more closely with employers to generate opportunities for all our young people, including the most vulnerable, to help them into work.”

“The Scottish Government is committed to tackling youth unemployment and is funding a wide range of schemes around the country to help young people facing difficulties in finding a job. We have also guaranteed all 16-19 year olds the offer of a place in education or training through Opportunities for All.”

Adding to Ms Constance’s comments, MSP Adamson said: “I am delighted at this extra initiative to tackle youth unemployment which concerns all of us so much. It comes on top of other Scottish Government funding of £3,382,000 to help those young people in greatest need in North & South Lanarkshire. This new fund will support third sector bodies to work with employers and help young people into training or employment and I hope all appropriate local agencies will bid.”