Youth employment funding announced for North Lanarkshire Council

Written by Stuart Lewis.

Published at 10:18 on 8 March 2015

Scottish Government    North Lanarkshire Council

The Scottish Government announced the funding for North Lanarkshire Council earlier this month. Picture: Scott Campbell for Cumbernauld Media.

North Lanarkshire Council will receive £394,823 from the Scottish Government to help support young people towards a job.

The funding has been put in place to support the implementation of the recommendations from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce which outlined a new blueprint for work-based training last year.

The funding, part of £6.5 million investment for all Scotland’s local authorities, will go towards developing vocational and employment pathways for young people, strengthening links between schools and employers and helping vulnerable groups become work ready.

Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham said:“The latest trends on youth employment have been hugely encouraging but there is no room for complacency. The Scottish Government is committed to supporting more young women and men into jobs and published a new youth employment strategy last month.

“At the heart of our strategy is the report by the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce. We will continue to work closely with our partners in local government and Scotland’s business community on its implementation as part of a seven year plan to create a new world-class system of work-based training that will work for both the economy and the job prospects of our young people."

She added: “I am very pleased to be able to confirm funding for North Lanarkshire that will give the local authority additional resource to tailor activity to local need to give young people in the area the best possible chance of success.”