In marking the first-ever Scottish Careers Week, local MSP Maree Todd (pictured) has paid tribute to local careers advice services, education providers and employers across the constituency for supporting the current and future workforce.
Careers Week is taking place from 15-19 November and will showcase the wide range of careers support available to people of all ages across Scotland.
The campaign has been developed by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) in partnership with the Young Person’s Guarantee and Developing the Young Workforce.
Commenting, Maree Todd MSP said:
“The focus of Careers Week is to highlight the career support available to people of all ages throughout the country.
“Locally, we’re fortunate to have the excellent support of Citizens Advice offices and the likes of UHI and North Highland College, who are a great resource for information on training and educational opportunities.
“We also have some fantastic local employers throughout the Highlands who are passionate about developing and supporting their current and future workforce, whether that be through apprenticeship schemes or training and upskilling opportunities.”
In November 2020, the Scottish Government launched its Young Person’s Guarantee initiative.
The scheme looks to ensure that every young person aged between 16-24 has the opportunity, based on their circumstances and ambitions, to go to university or college, secure an apprenticeship, join a training or work experience programme, find a job or participate in a formal volunteering programme.
Since its launch, the Guarantee has created 18,000 opportunities for young people – including modern apprenticeships, graduate programmes, additional college places and more.
Commenting on the Scottish Government scheme, Maree Todd MSP said:
“As we emerge out of restrictions and into recovery, the Scottish Government is ensuring our young folk have the chance to succeed despite the economic hit of Covid-19.
“The Scottish Government is investing £70 million into the Young Person’s Guarantee Scheme to create 24,000 jobs and enhance opportunities, ensuring no young person gets left behind.
“If you’re an employer in the Highlands looking to build its workforce, I would urge you to take a look at the Employers Hub over on the Young Person’s Guarantee website to find details on how you can get involved in the scheme.
“Young people across the Highlands have felt the impact and setbacks of Covid-19, it’s now crucial that we support them and ensure they are at the heart of our economic recovery.”