Employment

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 11th August 2009.

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Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Labour

Question S3W-25946

To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives have been introduced to provide skills training to 16 to18-year-olds in the last 12 months.

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

Question S3W-25949

We announced on 13 May 2009 that we would be piloting Activity Agreement in ten local authority areas. This intervention is designed to enable young people to undertake informal learning which will help them to become ready for formal learning or employment. The pilot areas are Glasgow, Stirling, Highland, Fife, South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire, North Ayrshire, West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde.

Additionally, the national training programmes offered by Skills Development Scotland continue to provide skills training for this age group. The national training programmes include Modern Apprenticeships, Skillseekers and Get Ready for Work.

The Modern Apprenticeship/Skillseekers programme provides skills training for 16-18 year olds in a number of areas. The focus of this intervention is on offering skills training for specific employment sectors.

The Get Ready for Work programme was introduced in April 2002, to provide a national work based training framework for 16-19 year olds who require tailored support in order to access employment. The focus of this intervention is on offering generic work skills rather than training for specific employment sectors and is tailored to meet the needs of the individual and reflect local economic drivers.

Margaret Curran (Glasgow Baillieston) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives have been introduced to provide employment assistance to 18 to 25-year-olds in the last 12 months.

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

Question S3W-25955

In 2008, 13 Community Planning Partnerships were awarded £38.6 million in European Social Fund (ESF) and £11.2 million in European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grants to support more people in target areas to move towards and into sustained employment over the two years to 2010.

In April this year, the eligibility rules for Training for Work (TfW), the Scottish Government’s vocational skills programme for the unemployed, were changed to allow access to the programme when people reach the three month unemployed stage – previously they had to wait for six months. Lone parents, those with disabilities and those recently made redundant are among specific groups who already have immediate access to the programme.

An additional 3,150 TfW training places will be available in the coming year following an award of almost £3 million ESF money in June of this year.

Margaret Curran (Glasgow Baillieston) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives have been introduced in the east end of Glasgow to provide employment assistance to 18 to 25-year-olds in the last 12 months.

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

In 2008, Glasgow’s Community Planning Partnership was awarded £7.3 million in European Social Fund (ESF) and £1.1 million in European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grants to support more people in the city’s most deprived areas, to move towards and into sustained employment over the two years to 2010.

In April this year, the eligibility rules for Training for Work (TfW), the Scottish Government’s vocational skills programme for the unemployed, were changed to allow access to the programme when people reach the three month unemployed stage – previously they had to wait for six months. Lone parents, those with disabilities and those recently made redundant are among specific groups who already have immediate access to the programme.

An additional 3,150 TfW training places will be available in the coming year following an award of almost £3 million ESF money in June of this year.

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