We know that companies, as of now, can commit to and support the young persons guarantee. There are also businesses that may not be able to do that now, but will in future. Part of why we want to make sure that the 21 developing the young workforce partnerships across the country are the bedrock of the initiative is so that they can support other businesses that may struggle to do that.
Financial support may be available in some areas for SMEs in particular to help provide job supplements, which is also important.
We have committed to the living wage, but we know that some businesses will struggle with that. Sandy Begbie’s report makes it clear that anybody who wants to be part of the job guarantee should commit over a set period of time to ensure that they can deliver the living wage for those young people. That is one of the requirements that Young Scot expressed in its discussions with us.
I welcome the Scottish Liberal Democrats’ support for the young persons guarantee.