Youth employment level welcomed by two MSPs

CEREMONY: First Minister Alex Salmond praises Banff and Buchan College.
CEREMONY: First Minister Alex Salmond praises Banff and Buchan College.

Local MSPs Alex Salmond and Chrisitan Allard have welcomed recent figures which indicate that Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire has some of the highest youth employment rates in the country.

Aberdeen City and the shire ranked 2nd and 3rd respectively for employment of 16-24 year olds across the 32 local authorities. Aberdeenshire had 65.3% youth employment, whilst Aberdeen registered at 72.4%.

The figures were released as part of the 2013 Local Area Labour Markets in Scotland statistics.

Aberdeenshire East MSP, First Minister Alex Salmond commented: “We are fortunate to have a booming economy in the north east that keeps job figures buoyant and has been a huge boost to the national picture. It can still be a difficult climate for job seekers, especially young people and recent graduates.

“In that light it is particularly encouraging to see such high youth employment figures across the region. It has been a focus for the Scottish Government for some time and we are starting to reap what we have sown.

“There is still plenty of work to do, and with the full fiscal levers of independence we can do much more. In the meantime we will continue to engage with local industry through projects such as the oil and gas academy to see sustained growth in youth employment in the north east for many years to come.”

Christian Allard MSP added:

“The north east economy is vibrant and continuing to grow. Aberdeen has seen an increase of 3.1% of those in full-time work since 2008.

“The high youth employment rates across Aberdeen City and Shire are a mark of the prosperity of the region which is fuelled by the oil and gas industry.

“There is still room for improvement. Young people in the north east need access to practical opportunities in skills training – from the likes of RGU’s DART simulator – so they can be better placed to bridge the skills gap within the North Sea oil and gas sector.”