Council welcomes report by Sir Ian Wood on opportunities for young people

The Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, chaired by Sir Ian Wood, has published a report on how Scotland’s system of vocational education could be significantly enhanced.

The report was launched at Craigroyston Community High school yesterday and the recommendations include reducing youth employment by 40 per cent.

Commenting on the report Cllr Frank Ross, said: “In Edinburgh the vision of the Edinburgh Guarantee has ensured that the number of young people achieving and sustaining a positive destination is continuing to rise and is now at 91.4 per cent, the highest rate ever. Edinburgh’s youth claimant rate is also significantly lower than the national and UK average at 2.6 per cent.

“Ensuring that Edinburgh’s young people have opportunities is vital for the economic success of our city. More than one in every hundred full-time equivalent employees in the Council is now an apprentice and since the Edinburgh Guarantee launched two and a half years ago it has supported over 1,000 young people into employment training or further education. The Edinburgh Guarantee has also helped 200 employers in the last financial year giving young people new opportunities.”

Cllr Paul Godzik, Convener of the Education Committee, said: “It’s important when young people leave school that they move into a positive destination quickly whether it’s employment, apprenticeships or training. One of the Capital Coalition’s key priorities is to reduce poverty, inequality and deprivation by developing the Edinburgh Guarantee which improves prospects for school leavers. This vision is having a really positive effect as it is making a difference to young people at a critical point in their lives.”

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