MSP Welcomes £300,000 Investment for Youth Jobs

South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine has welcomed another SNP Scottish Government investment in the region, this time to support youth jobs.

Dumfries & Galloway is set to benefit from an investment totalling more than £300,000 to support youth employment initiatives.

The funding from the Scottish Government and the European Social Fund will be used to create 100 job opportunities, including 50 apprenticeships for young people aged 16-24.

Commenting, the SNP MSP said:

“It’s fantastic that Dumfries & Galloway is set to benefit from more than £300,000 of Scottish Government and European funding to create job opportunities for more of the region’s young people.

“The huge emphasis that the SNP Government has placed on tackling unemployment – particularly youth unemployment – is paying off with another set of encouraging figures, with youth unemployment in Scotland falling by 6.1 percent over the year to April 2013.  However, it remains a serious problem, which can have long-lasting adverse affects on young people’s career prospects and even general health and wellbeing.  ”

 She added:

“For the moment the Scottish Government is doing what it can with limited powers to tackle the problem of youth unemployment. But with ability to take our own decisions on the big economic issues such as capital borrowing and business taxation, we could do so much more.”

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