£1m boost for the young workforce
26 June 2017
Developing the Young Workforce launched in the islands,
and nationwide scheme extended until 2021
The islands of Scotland are the latest to benefit from the
creation of industry led groups dedicated to helping young
people prepare for and find work.
The Scottish Government has provided more than £1 million
to establish Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Regional
Groups in Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides.
The launch coincides with the news that funding for the DYW
regional groups nationwide will be extended until 2021, and
completes the network of 21 groups set up across Scotland as part
of the Youth
Employment Strategy: Developing the Young Workforce.
More than 3,500 employers and 100 schools have already engaged
with the programme since it was launched in 2015.
Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn, speaking
at the launch event in Orkney, said:
"I'm delighted to announce this £1 million investment. Expanding
the DYW network, along with our commitment to fund the groups until
2021, provides the certainty and reach to support employers and
educators willing to work together for the benefit of young people
"Youth unemployment in Scotland is below the UK average, and is
the fourth lowest in the EU. We have also seen a record number of
school leavers from our most deprived communities continue their
education and training, but we cannot afford to be complacent. That
is why I have announced this new investment for the islands, as
well as our extended commitment to the national programme."
Commenting on the funding commitment until 2021, Rob Woodward,
Chief Executive of STV and Chair of the DYW National Group said:
"DYW regional groups across Scotland are starting to deliver
improved work experiences and opportunities for young people, it is
therefore fitting that the Scottish Government has extended its
funding commitment to DYW regional groups until 2021. This
will ensure continuity and certainty for the nationwide network of
DYW regional groups and improve the employment prospects for all
Stephen Kemp from Orkney Builders, one of the founders of the
DYW group in Orkney, added: "It's great to be part of an
employer-led initiative that will enable us to proactively engage
with young people at a suitably early stage. We will aim to
ensure that students are properly guided in terms of their chosen
fields of study, careers advice, and work experience with the aim
being to properly prepare them for their chosen career path when
they leave school."
Source - The Scottish Government