Opportunities for All now active

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Every 16 to 19-year-old in Scotland has a guaranteed offer of a place in education or training from this week Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance confirmed.

The pledge was announced last year, and has been backed up by an additional £30 million investment in employability projects for young people.

Ms Constance said: “We know how damaging prolonged periods of unemployment can be on our young people, particularly if they’re unable to improve their employability or skills or build their experience.

“My message to young people is this: if you are not currently in education or have a training place, then help is available.

“Young people can find out more about opportunities in their area and how to take advantage of them by contacting their local Skills Development Scotland or JobCentre Plus offices.

“We have published a Youth Employment Strategy which covers a range of activity across the public, private and voluntary sectors and have started to roll out investment from the additional £30 million announced to back up this action.

“Securing a place in education or training will significantly improve youth employment prospects for the longer term and I would urge every 16 to 19-year-old in Scotland to take advantage of this unique offer.”

Damien Yeates, chief executive of Skills Development Scotland said:

“Every young person deserves a chance to get on the first step of the career ladder. Skills Development Scotland, alongside its key partners including Jobcentre Plus, DWP, local authorities and Scotland’s Colleges, stands ready to ensure that every young person can get themselves started on a positive path into work.”