Dundee City West MSP Joe FitzPatrick today encouraged young people to take advantage of a scheme which offers training opportunities and to contact their local Skills Development Scotland or Jobcentre Plus offices to find out about opportunities in their area.


The MSP was commenting following a statement by Scotland’s Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance that the ‘training for all scheme’ is now active and every 16 to 19-year-old in Scotland will be guaranteed an offer of a place in education or training.


Joe FitzPatrick said: “Prolonged periods of unemployment can be very damaging on our young people, particularly if they’re unable to improve their employability or skills or build their experience.

“The message to young people is if you are not currently in education or have a training place, then help is available.


“You can find out more about opportunities in your area and how to take advantage of them by contacting your local Skills Development Scotland or Jobcentre Plus offices.”


“The scheme, which involves £30m in investment, aims to provide skills that could lead to employment.


“The Scottish government’s pledge on training is the first of its kind in Scotland and builds on the impetus to existing activity being taken forward through the 16+ Learning Choices, Post 16 Education Reform and our record achievement on Modern Apprenticeships.


“It represents an unprecedented commitment to young people and forms a central part of our work to tackle youth unemployment in Scotland.”