Fears for future of youth scheme
Councillors have heard of progress made to improve the future prospects of young people across Dumfries and Galloway.
The council’s economy, environment and infrastructure committee was updated on the Dumfries and Galloway Youth Guarantee.
The guaranee aims to implement some of the key recommendations from the Scottish Government’s own Developing the Young Workforce programme.
As part of the update, councillors were told that 92.5 per cent of the region’s 16-19 year olds are participating in employment, education or training, an increase of 1.9 per cent from last year.
The number of young people undertaking vocational training has also increased, with 641 work experience placements accessed across the region in 2016/17, with a further 360 placements accessed between April 1 and October 31 last year.
However, concerns were raised by officials over the “sustainability”of the youth employment measures in the future and cited potential problems in accessing funding to maintain Youth Guarantee officers in schools.
The officers are responsible for tracking the destination of young people in transition at schools across the region.
But Scottish Government funding for the roles is due to end in March, with the report warning that lack of future support risks“increased numbers of young people failing to progress through school to a positive and sustained destination”.
Committee chairman Archie Dryburgh, above, said:“There is some excellent work being produced in this service and therefore by the pupils and young people themselves. This meets a number of our council priorities, including raising ambition and attainment, in particular to address inequalities and improving the level of skills within our communities.”