The announcement of an extra £400,295 for Aberdeenshire to deliver programmes that help to employ young people has been warmly welcomed by Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast.
Aberdeenshire will use the funding to support the implementation of recommendations made by the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce in their blueprint published last year.
Recent labour market statistics show that youth unemployment in Scotland has fallen to its lowest level in five years, while youth employment has risen over the last year.
Mr Stevenson said: “The announcement of £400,295 to allow Aberdeenshire to do more to help reduce unemployment amongst young people in the area is great news.
“We have made huge progress in Scotland in tackling youth unemployment, but there can never be any room for complacency when young people still struggle to find work.
“That is why this new funding is so important and should enable us to go even further in tackling youth unemployment and providing opportunities for all of our young people.”
He added: “The Scottish Government is doing all that it can to boost employment with the powers currently available to it, but with greater responsibilities over tax and welfare we could do even more.
“Electing a strong team of SNP MPs in May is vital to secure the job-creating powers we need to build on this progress and make Scotland a fairer, more prosperous country.”