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All hands on deck approach needed to boost youth employment

June 3, 2014 2:44 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Children and Young people Liam McArthur MSP has said that an all hands on deck approach is needed to meet Sir Ian Wood's recommendation for youth unemployment to be slashed by 40 percent by 2020.

Sir Ian Wood's final report on developing Scotland's young workforce, published today, found that Scotland's youth unemployment levels are more than double that of the average working age population. The report made a series of recommendations aimed at schools, colleges, employers, and Scottish and local government.

Mr McArthur said:

"Sir Ian Wood and his team are to be congratulated on this Liam McArthurLiam McArthurcomprehensive report. What it shows is that we need an all hands on deck approach if we are to improve youth employability and reduce drastically the unacceptable number of young people out of work in Scotland.

"The message from Sir Ian's report is that giving more young people the chance they need to get on in life is a collective responsibility. It needs public, private and third sector to play their part, with every school, college, university, business and government stepping up to the plate.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats very much agree with Sir Ian Wood's conclusions and accept the challenge he and his colleagues have thrown down. It is time for Scottish ministers to respond swiftly and positively to reply to this report."