Moore: expertise and collaboration critical to help tackle unemployment in Scotland
1 February 2013
Capitalising on the knowledge and expertise of Scotland's two 2
government's, local authorities and wider society possess will
significantly aid efforts to tackle unemployment in Scotland, the
Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore said ahead of the
Scottish Employability Forum.
The forum, which saw the Secretary of State share a platform
with Finance Secretary John Swinney and Councillor Harry McGuigan
brought together the UK Government, Scottish Government, COSLA, key
stakeholders and delivery bodies with the aim of providing
leadership, building consensus and providing a sustainable
framework to address unemployment within the context of economic
recovery in Scotland.
Speaking ahead of the forum, Mr Moore highlighted the work the
UK government has undertaken to help tackle unemployment in
Scotland but stressed tackling unemployment in Scotland requires a
collaborative approach and is confident the employability forum
will provide the means to ensure that this happens.
The Secretary of State said:
"Unemployment in Scotland is a huge concern for families and
individuals across our communities.
"Through DWP, the UK government is taking significant action to
get Scotland working. Every working day in Scotland, DWP conducts
over 7,000 Jobcentre Advisor interviews, helping an average of over
1200 customers move into work.
"With initiatives such the Youth Contract and Work Programme, we
have put in place an integrated package of personalised support,
tailored at a local level providing opportunities to develop
skills, confidence and experience helping young people through to
the long term employed towards sustainable jobs.
"We also however recognise that we cannot tackle this issue
alone. Getting people back into employment is a common goal across
Scotland which goes beyond all political differences.
"There is significant knowledge and expertise across Scotland
that can help tackle unemployment and it is vital we ensure this
expertise is capitalised upon and all our employability programmes
are mutually beneficial which will ultimately help unemployed Scots
into work. I am confident that the employability forum will provide
the means for this to happen."