News from Scotland

10 09.15

£1.5 million for careers advice for younger pupils

Pupils in all local authorities will benefit from a new offer of earlier career advice in this school year. In addition to this extended offer, there will be face to face support for pupils and parents prior to choosing senior phase subjects.

The new face to face offer will initially be developed in collaboration with a sample of schools across Scotland, with Shetland, Dundee, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire already confirming their intention to work in partnership with Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

The announcement was made by Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham, she said: “Earlier careers advice was one of the key actions outlined in the Scottish Government’s Youth Employment Strategy and I am very pleased be able to fund SDS to give younger people access to advice and guidance to explore what their options are when they leave school.”

 

£43 million to boost job opportunities

Funding of £43 million will help to support the long-term unemployed and people with multiple barriers to sustainable employment across Scotland. Local authorities and SDS will receive the funding to support existing services, including those delivered by the third sector.

 

It is the first stream of funding released under the Employability Strategic Interventions (SIs) as part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme for 2014 – 2020. The funding aims to help those who have had difficulty getting into work to increase their skills and find employment.