£300,000 for Council workforce investment

Aberdeenshire Council will receive £357,186 to help young people prepare for the world of work.

The total funding of £5.8 million announced earlier this week forms part of action to reduce youth unemployment in Scotland by 40 per cent by 2021, as outlined in Developing the Young Workforce – Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy.

The council will use the additional investment to strengthen links between schools, colleges and employers, continue developing work-based learning and career pathways for all young people, and support vulnerable groups towards employment.

Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham said: “We have already funded Skills Development Scotland to provide more Modern Apprenticeships and enhanced careers advice but we need to keep up momentum. Local government has a key role to play in preparing young women and men for employment and is already taking forward a range of activity to help them fulfil their potential. This additional funding will allow Aberdeenshire Council to offer even more support to their young people and further boost Scotland’s economic growth.”