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Woodward seeks 'shared vision'

STV boss leads move to help young workforce

Rob WoodwardSenior business and education figures meet today to work out how to get the best out of Scotland’s young workforce.

STV chief executive Rob Woodward will chair the first meeting in Glasgow of the public-private National Invest in Young People group which will help nurture talent and unlock any barriers stopping young people getting into the labour force.

Woodward’s group, one of a number being set up across the country, includes Colin Borland of the Federation of Small Businesses; Sue Bruce, chief executive of Edinburgh City Council and Grahame Smith, general secretary of the STUC.

Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham said the groups were part of a programme of developing a “world class vocational education system for Scotland”.

“Our young people are well educated and keen to work and our employers are increasingly recognising that investing in young people will be crucial to growing their businesses.

“Recent employment statistics for Scotland have been very encouraging with record numbers of people in work. However, we want to go further and to tackle long term issues in the labour market and barriers to young women and men getting into jobs.

“I want to be very clear that we will not settle for a return to pre-recession levels of youth unemployment and the Scottish Government has shown real ambition with our initial response to the Commission’s work. We will outline how we will take forward the recommendations in the coming weeks.

Woodward said: “I have been impressed by the breadth of knowledge and enthusiasm shown by every member of this group. They are all passionate about delivering a vocational education system in Scotland that supports the needs of our employers, our young people and our economy.

“By drawing such committed people from industry, education and the trade union movement can contribute to delivering that shared vision.”

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