New Scottish fund to help the young find work
Councils are to receive nearly £6m of government cash to help young people prepare for the world of work and get jobs.
The Scottish government said the money will help it reach its target to cut youth unemployment by 40% by 2021.
The money may be used to strengthen links between schools, colleges and employers and support vulnerable young people.
Details of how the money will be allocated will be announced later.
People aged between 16 and 19 already have a guaranteed place in education or training if they are out of work.
This has helped to cut the number of so-called “Neets” and many of the young people who are currently not in education, employment or training may have faced serious challenges in their lives.
The £5.8m may be used to build on the recommendations made last year by the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, chaired by Sir Ian Wood.
This could include strengthening the links between schools, colleges and employers, continuing to develop schemes to strengthen learning in the workplace and supporting vulnerable youngsters on the path to finding a job.
One challenge may be to create more modern apprenticeships – last year then First Minister Alex Salmond said more small companies could consider taking them on.
There has also been work to strengthen the links between schools and colleges. Some youngsters are able to start college courses without leaving school first.
Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham said: “We have already funded Skills Development Scotland to provide more Modern Apprenticeships and enhanced careers advice but we need to keep up momentum.
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