ProjectScotland has been awarded Scottish Government funding to address the issue of youth unemployment in rural areas of Scotland.
ProjectScotland offers 16-30 year olds full-time structured volunteering opportunities with charities across Scotland. Around 7 out of 10 ProjectScotland volunteers go on to work, education or training.
The Scottish Government funding will enable ProjectScotland to significantly expand its operations in rural areas taking the number of young Scots it supports in the North and South West of the country to 230 a year.
Paul Reddish, Chief Executive of ProjectScotland, said: “Both ProjectScotland and the Scottish Government share a key goal – to help Scotland’s young people develop their skills and experience. We’re delighted to be working in partnership to do even more in rural areas.
“With this investment we will increase the number of volunteers on a ProjectScotland programme in the South West and North of Scotland to 230.
“The unemployment figure for Scotland’s young people is starting to decrease, as the economy improves and employers recognise the many benefits of employing a young person.
However, we must not be complacent. The youth unemployment figure is still double that of the overall figure so there is more work to do to improve the situation for young people across Scotland.
“Our volunteering opportunities help young people get on in life by increasing their employment skills and confidence with the support of a mentor.
“We believe in the young people of Scotland and we want to help show everyone just how talented they are.”
ProjectScotland provide opportunities for volunteers in a variety of sectors, including arts, sports, media, animal care and the environment.
To find out more about ProjectScotland volunteering opportunities in these areas visit: www.projectscotland.co.uk.