01 Dec 2011

Glasgow Shettleston MSP, John Mason, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that it will have a dedicated Youth Employment Minister and invest an extra £30million in young people.

The funding will help Scotland’s youth back into training, work or education to secure a strong workforce of the future.

Details of the Ministerial post and allocation of the £30m will be outlined before Parliament breaks for recess.

Commenting, SNP MSP for the East End of Glasgow, John Mason, said:

“This is a fantastic announcement from the Alex Salmond that will help get our 16-19 year olds back into work, education or training.

“While Scotland’s youth employment rate is higher than the rest of the UK, we cannot be complacent. More needs to be done during these tough times and the SNP is focussed on getting young people into work

“Appointing a dedicated Youth Employment Minister shows how committed the SNP is to equipping all our young people with the skills they need for life – and getting them into employment.

“The SNP has a strong track record in standing up and fighting for young people and this latest announcement shows how serious we are about tackling youth unemployment and ensuring that young Scots have a bright future in a successful Scotland”.