Fife Modern Apprenticeships soar by 40 per cent

Angela Constance, the UK’s first and only Youth Employment Minister today (Thursday) joined SNP by-election candidate Shirley-Anne Somerville on the Dunfermline campaign trail, to highlight the efforts of the Scottish Government in tackling youth unemployment in the constituency.

Since her appointment in December 2011, Ms Constance has worked hard to help young people into education, training and jobs. Her efforts have seen youth employment increase by 11,000 over this year, with youth employment at its highest rate since late 2010.

The Scottish Government’s flagship Opportunities for All initiative guarantees a place in education or training for every 16 to 19-year-old not currently in one, and it has committed to funding 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships every year in this Parliament.

In Fife, the number of people starting an MA has soared by 40% in the last three years, with over 1600 people starting a course in 2012/13.

Earlier this year a new £50m Youth Employment Scotland fund was launched, bringing together public and private sector investment to provide employment opportunities for young people.

Commenting, by-election candidate Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“The SNP has made tackling youth unemployment a top priority – not least demonstrated by the creation of a dedicated Youth Employment Minister – and Scotland continues to outperform the rest of the UK – with lower youth unemployment, higher youth employment and lower inactivity rates.

“We’ve seen the number of people starting Modern Apprentices soaring in Fife, and there are now 88% of Fife’s school leavers going into positive destinations.

“But there can be absolutely no let-up in these efforts, and if elected as MSP for Dunfermline, I will work to ensure young people in Dunfermline get the work, training and education opportunities they need – taking advantage of the significant investments made by the Scottish Government.”



Youth Employment has increased by 11,000 over the year and at 57.2% is the highest rate since October –December 2010.