Date lodged: 26 May 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to help young people in the Aberdeenshire East constituency into work.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 9 June 2016
Through the implementation of the Scottish Government’s Youth Employment Strategy – Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) - this government has invested in a wide range of employment initiatives including modern apprenticeships, Community Jobs Scotland and Scotland’s Employer Recruitment Incentive. These individual programmes underpin our opportunities for all offer of a place in education or training for all 16-19 year olds and are directly helping to create sustainable employment opportunities for young people in Scotland, including Aberdeenshire East.
At end December 2015 there were 2,340 modern apprentices in training in Aberdeenshire; including 867 new modern apprenticeship starts.
In total there have been 108 Community Jobs Scotland places delivered since 2011, with a further 22 opportunities allocated for 2016/17; of the 30 young people moving on from their activity agreement in 2015/16, 21 progressed on to further learning, training and employment; and young people are supported by two Skills Development Scotland Centres in Aberdeenshire; Peterhead and Inverurie.
In addition, SDS has regular outreach services in Fraserburgh and Banff with provision for customers to be seen in partner premises in other areas.
The North East Regional DYW Group which was established in February 2015, and hosted in the Chamber of Commerce is adding industry leadership aimed at bringing about a permanent change among employers in how they engage with education and recruit more work ready young people.