Scottish government 'training for all' scheme active

Jobcentre sign The scheme involves Skills Development Scotland and Jobcentre Plus

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A scheme which offers training "opportunities for all" is now active, the youth employment minister has said.

Angela Constance said that every 16 to 19-year-old in Scotland will be guaranteed an offer of a place in education or training.

The scheme, which involves £30m in investment, aims to provide skills that could lead to employment.

The Scottish government said the pledge on training was the first of its kind in Scotland.

Ms Constance said: "We know how damaging prolonged periods of unemployment can be on our young people, particularly if they're unable to improve their employability or skills or build their experience.

"My message to young people is this: if you are not currently in education or have a training place, then help is available.

"Young people can find out more about opportunities in their area and how to take advantage of them by contacting their local Skills Development Scotland or Jobcentre Plus offices."

Last month, in a separate effort to aid youth employment, First Minister Alex Salmond officially launched the Nigg Skills Academy in Easter Ross.

The public-private sector partnership was set up to bring thousands of jobs to the Highlands.

The academy aims to start 290 modern apprenticeships (MAs) in its first year and to provide both MAs and general training for 3,000 people by 2015.

Training will cover jobs such as engineers, operators, riggers and technicians.

More than £900,000 of public money has been put towards the initiative.

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