Future looking bright for young job seekers

Work based training in action
Work based training in action

West Lothian Council will receive £207,937 from the Scottish Government to help support young people searching for jobs.

The funding has been put in place to support the implementation of 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 a £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.

John McGinty, leader of West Lothian Council, said: “Tackling unemployment, particularly youth unemployment, is a key aim for West Lothian Council.

“The funding will be a welcome addition to the £2.12 million that West Lothian Council will spend in 2015/16 on programmes to reduce youth unemployment and maximise employment opportunities for young people in West Lothian.

“The youth unemployment rate in West Lothian is on a downward trend with the January 2014 rate sitting at 4.1 per cent compared to 6.4 per cent in January 2013.

“However, we are committed to reducing unemployment further by helping young people get on the path to successful careers.”

Ross Chambers, of Linlithgow, who is currently on a work-based training scheme, said: “Only good can come out of schemes like this. The economy is starting to recover and for those of us who are benefiting from work placements, the future looks much brighter with a hope of full-time employment.”