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Developing Scotlandís young workforce Ministerial Statement, 24/06/14 [S]

Ministerial Statement in the Scottish Parliament on 24 June 2014 from the <UNSPECIFIED> Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Womenís Employment, Angela Constance on <UNSPECIFIEDdeveloping Scotlandís young workforce.

She said:

<UNSPECIFIED> "I am grateful for the opportunity to set out the Governmentís initial response to ďEducation Working for All! Commission for Developing Scotlandís Young Workforce Final ReportĒ, which Sir Ian Wood presented to me earlier this month. I fully welcome the report, and I share without exception its ambitions for young people, employment and prosperity in Scotland.

I know that we all support the positive vision for Scotlandís young people that is evident throughout the report. I record my thanks to Sir Ian and the commission, and to all the people who contributed to their work, for presenting such insightful, pragmatic and clear recommendations.

When we asked Sir Ian to lead the work some 18 months ago, the Government was anticipating the need to address youth unemployment in the context of a more positive economic outlook. We presented the commission with an extremely challenging remit in asking it to explore how we might develop a modern, responsive and valued vocational training system, and how we might emulate the labour markets of the best-performing European countries.


In recognising the need to make most effective use possible of the skills of all our young women and men, I asked the commission to consider in particular how all young people could benefit from education and employment regardless of gender, ethnicity, or disability."

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 24 June 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 24 June 2014