LOcal council are delivering the scheme on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Accredited Skills and Training department is working alongside the Scottish Government to help deliver the Young Person’s Guarantee.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 10:52 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 10:59 am
Apprenticeship schemes are just one way in which the scheme is being delivered

Young Person’s Guarantee was launched in November 2020 to protect young people from the economic impact of COVID-19. It covers a range of employability services and aims within 2 years to give all young people, aged 16-24 in Scotland, the chance to succeed through the opportunity of a job, apprenticeship, education, training or volunteering.

CNES Apprenticeship Manager, Dolina Smith said: “The Accredited Skills and Training Team prioritise getting young people in the Western Isles into education and full-time employment.

"The additional employment opportunities and support offered to young people by the Young Person’s Guarantee is very much welcome. I look forward to working alongside the Scottish Government in the implementation of the YPG and am confident that it can make a real difference to the young people that the Comhairle engage with.

CNES Chair of Education, Skills and Children’s Services, Cllr Paul Steele, said: “We must recognise the difficult circumstances that young people in the Western Isles have faced over the last year and work to ensure that they are given a fair opportunity to succeed to their full potential.

"The aims of the Young Person’s Guarantee cannot simply remain an ambitious target, they must become a reality.

"Our young people are our future and it is absolutely vital that that they can live, work, learn and achieve all they want here in the Western Isles.”