MSP welcomes youth job funding

THE MSP for Angus South has welcomed moves by Holyrood to get more young people into work.

Graeme Dey MSP has hailed the additional £6.3 million of funding pledged by the Scottish Government to the Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) programme.

The programme which will benefit hundreds of young people nationally will directly aid 44 CJS job starts in Angus.

Mr Dey said: “This is positive news for out of work young people across Angus and Scotland. Getting in to the jobs market is hugely important but I know, from speaking with my own constituents, how difficult it can be to gain experience in order to secure a job.

“Community Jobs Scotland aims to bridge this gap and the additional wave of funding underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to our young people.

“Scotland is leading the rest of the UK when it comes to tackling unemployment, despite not having full fiscal powers to manage our own affairs.

“We will continue to strive to get the unemployed, especially young unemployed, out of the job centre and into the workplace.”

The programme is open to young people between 16 and 24 and will support up to 1,000 into employment in 2013/14.

Of the pledged £6.3 million, £5.75 million will be used to support up to 1,000 young people between 16 and 24 into employment.

The remaining £550,000 will be used to help around 100 people with disabilities or long term conditions to find work.