Scotland’s Youth Employment Summit, a project organised by the Scottish Government in partnership with the Scottish Youth Parliament and Young Scot, was held today at The Hub in Edinburgh.
The event provided young people with the chance to speak directly to six Government ministers, led by Scottish Government Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance MSP, along with senior stakeholders to give their views on how best to tackle youth unemployment. Along with Angela Constance, Mike Russell, Fiona Hyslop, Dr Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell and Shona Robison attended the event and engaged directly with 100 young people.
Speaking before the event, Angela Constance, Scottish Government Minister for Youth Employment said:“This Government is committed to improving the job prospects of Scotland’s young people in order to help them find employment and ultimately boost the country’s economy. We are working with the public, voluntary and private sectors to achieve this aim, but young people themselves also have an important role to play.
“Scotland’s Youth Employment Summit is being held to provide young people with the opportunity to talk directly to the Government and senior partners, share their experiences, as well as creative ideas for increasing access to employment.”
Speaking after the event, Craig Shaw, Young Scot Digital Creative Modern Apprentice said:
“ When I left school, it look me a long time to find a job that I wanted to make into a career and I know the uncertainly of employment can be a daunting time for any young person. That’s why events such as the Youth Employment Summit are really important because it gives young people the chance to share their views with the Scottish Government and together with them, help design future employment opportunities for young people in Scotland.”
As part of the summit a survey was held of young Scots who had been affected by youth unemployment. The survey found over half of the respondents don’t know where to look for jobs. The survey, of 365 young people, also found young people believe they would benefit from more work experience, with 60% of over 18s stating that post-school work experience would help them gain better prospects.
Speaking after the event, Grant Costello MSYP, SYP Chair said: “Young people have suffered enormously as a result of the economic downturn. It’s crucial action is taken to prevent a lost generation of young people who are unable to find work. I’m therefore delighted to see six Scottish Government minsters coming and hearing from young people about the experiences and solutions young people believe can make a difference to the thousands of young people who need a leg-up to get back on the ladder of work.”