What is the SNP doing to help youth employment?
The SNP believe the biggest investment we can make in Scotland’s future is in our young people. The SNP Scottish Government has fulfilled its commitment to reduce youth unemployment by 40 per cent by 2021, four years ahead of schedule.
We have an explicit commitment to a place in learning or training for every 16 to 19 year old who is not currently in employment, education or training.
We are maintaining at least 116,000 full-time equivalent college places each year, and make it easier for young people to progress from college to university. To support young people to stay in education, we are protecting the Educational Maintenance Allowance for school and college students. As well as protecting free education, we have retained student bursaries, including for student nurses.
Over 250,000 young people have had the opportunity to undertake a Modern Apprenticeship since 2007. And by 2020, 30,000 opportunities will be available every year.
We will also introduce a new Jobs Grant to young people aged 16 to 24 who have been unemployed for six months or more. This will help young people with the costs of getting into or back into work. Young parents will receive £250 and those without children will receive £100, as well as free bus travel for three months to help them take up offers of work.