Date lodged: 24 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support young offenders to find sustainable employment opportunities to assist them in their journey to stop reoffending.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 8 December 2016
As part of a preventative approach to reducing offending, the Scottish Government is working with a range of partners to enable young people who have been involved in offending to develop the skills and capacity to find and sustain employment.
This includes specific support through Skills Development Scotland, Scotland’s Employer Recruitment Incentive and the Open Consortium which provides specialist in-work support to 16-29 year olds to help them sustain employment. Investment in Community Jobs Scotland since 2014 has ensured a focus on young people with an offending history, supporting over 3000 paid job training opportunities for young people including those with convictions.
The Scottish Government is working with employers through Developing the Young Workforce regional groups to create employment opportunities for all young people including those young people being released from custody.
Dedicated work is being delivered within HM Young Offenders Institution Polmont to create a joined up approach to through-care for young people in custody as part of the Scottish Prison Services Vision for Young People in Custody.