Schemes 'not working'

Young ‘need cross border unity’ to avert jobs crisis

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Young people need help getting work, says report

Up to 70,000 young Scots could be thrown on the jobs scrapheap unless the UK and Scottish Governments work together, says a new report which highlights the poor success rate of work placement schemes.

The report by campaign group Our Scottish Future says the Scottish Government’s Young Person’s Guarantee, which promised to create 24,000 ‘new and enhanced’ jobs and opportunities for young people, had signed up only 45 employers by June this year.   

The scheme was designed to ensure every 16-24 year-old was in work, education, training or volunteer work over the next two years.

The UK Government’s Kickstart programme – which promised to create 250,000 paid work placements for young people across the UK – has so far created only 4,400 in Scotland.  

Our Scottish Future, which campaigns to promote greater cooperation across the United Kingdom, said it welcomes the funding and action by both Governments but a lack of coordination between the two is damaging their chances of success. 

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