Scholarship to go ahead in memory of the late Councillor Tom Buchanan

A proposal to develop a scholarship fund in memory of the late Cllr Tom Buchanan was approved by the City of Edinburgh Council's Economy Committee this week.

The scholarship is being developed in recognition of the late Cllr Buchanan's tremendous dedication and work to the development of Edinburgh's economy in his five years as Convener of the Economic Development Committee.  Cllr Buchanan had always strongly supported youth employment in his time as Economic Development Convener.  

The scholarship will also provide a young person in Edinburgh with the opportunity to pursue a career in economic development. 

Cllr Frank Ross, Convener of the Economy Committee, said: "The idea behind the scholarship is to give a young person a chance of a career in economic development in memory of Tom who did so much for Edinburgh's economy during his time as Convener. Tom was a passionate supporter of the Edinburgh Guarantee, the programme to help young people into work, education and training and so I feel as well as benefitting a young person this is fitting tribute to him." 

The details of the scholarship in the report approved this week will now be developed but are likely to include the opportunity for a young person/school leaver joining the Council as a Modern Apprentice, and then undertaking further study before embarking on a career in economic development with the Council.

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