Around 2,000 young people in the Kingdom are to be given help to find work over the next year.

More than 150 of Fife’s schools are involved in the Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) scheme, which will work with employers to give work based learning experiences.

It is part of a government plan to reduce youth unemployment by 40% by 2021.

The Scottish Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie Hepburn, said:

“The latest unemployment and employment figures show our labour market remains resilient with unemployment now at a record low.

“Our employment rate is also rising with 25,000 more people in employment than in the last quarter.

“The work of groups like DYW Fife is helping with this progress by working to close the gap in youth unemployment in the area.

“It is providing young people with vocational learning options and making sure employers are working with schools to encourage enterprise and business skills from an early point.

“This type of approach will help employers in Fife meet their current and future workforce needs and identify skills gaps, which will help to boost the local economy.

“I would encourage all local businesses and young people to get in touch with the DYW Fife group and see how they can benefit from this support.”

Mr Hepburn also heard more about the DYW Fife board’s new campaign which will increase activity in the area by providing a guide to businesses to find out what programmes they can become involved in.

Bob Garmory the chair of DYW Fife said:

“The DYW regional group here in Fife is now overseeing the activities of many more companies and organisations who have chosen to contribute to the programmes that enhance the knowledge of young people about the opportunities that exist in the world of work.”

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