MSP sup­ports work strat­egy

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

Young peo­ple ben­e­fit­ing from a £500,000 work­force ini­tia­tive in Perth and Kin­ross met Deputy First Min­is­ter and Perthshire North MSP John Swin­ney to dis­cuss the strat­egy.

Blair­gowrie High School pupils An­drew McFar­lane and Cal­lum Ritchie dis­cussed the ben­e­fits of part­ner­ships between ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ers to help young peo­ple get vi­tal work ex­pe­ri­ence.

They took part in a meet­ing hosted by De­vel­op­ing the Young Work­force (DYW) Perth and Kin­ross, which is part of a wider na­tional ini­tia­tive funded by the Scot­tish Govern­ment to help young peo­ple into work and en­sure em­ploy­ers have ac­cess to the skills they need.

Na­tion­ally, the aim is to re­duce youth un­em­ploy­ment by 40% by 2021 through con­nect­ing busi­ness and ed­u­ca­tion.

Mr Swin­ney heard how lo­cal men­tor­ing pro­grammes, a fo­cus on ap­pren­tice­ships and other in­no­va­tive ini­tia­tives are mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on lo­cal young peo­ple and help­ing the re­gion’s busi­nesses.

An­drew McFar­lane took part in the Ca­reer Ready pro­gramme, which of­fers men­tor­ing, master classes and a paid in­tern­ship, and was sup­ported by fi­nan­cial ser­vices com­pany Aviva in Perth.

The pro­gramme shaped his de­ci­sion to leave school af­ter fifth year to go into work and he is now em­ployed full time as a com­mer­cial un­der­writer at Aviva, which has been in­volved with Ca­reer Ready since 2012.

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