Isles MSP welcomes investment in young people

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WESTERN Isles MSP Alasdair Allan, has highlighted the importance for the Western Isles economy of a new Ministerial post announced by Government.

Details of the new Minister for Youth Employment, whose post is likely to be established at least partially within the Education and Lifelong Learning portfolio in which Alasdair Allan is one of three ministers at present, have still to be published.

Dr Allan commented: “Youth unemployment is at concerning levels in Scotland, and is certainly a challenge for people in the Western Isles. The announcement that Scotland will have a dedicated Youth Employment Minister is a recognition of this, as is the Scottish Government’s investment of an extra £30million in young people.

“The funding will help Scotland’s youth back into training, work or education to secure a strong workforce of the future.

“This is a significant announcement from the First Minister that will help give more opportunities to 16-19 year olds in the Western Isles and elsewhere to get back into work, education or training.

“While Scotland’s youth employment rate is higher than the rest of the UK, more needs to be done. This money will really help young Scots – especially during this tough economic time.

“Appointing a dedicated Youth Employment Minister is an indication of our commitment to equipping all our young people the skills they need for life – and getting them into employment.

“The new Minister’s priority will be to promote skills and work for 16 to 24-year-olds and to ensure school leavers don’t becomes just an unemployment statistic. The SNP is securing a stronger workforce for the future.”