The announcement of further funding for Falkirk district to deliver programmes that support young people into a job today has been hailed as a move to build on the strong progress Scotland is already making.

Falkirk district will receive £169,885 to support the implementation of recommendations made by the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce in their blueprint published last year.

Recent Labour Market Statistics show that youth unemployment in Scotland has fallen to its lowest level in five years while youth employment has risen over the last year.

Commenting, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald said:

“The announcement of over £169,000 to allow Falkirk district to do more to help reduce unemployment amongst young people in the area is great news for the area.

“We have made huge progress in locally and nationally in tackling youth unemployment, I recently met with Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training and highlighted the great work already going on in Falkirk district but there can never be any room for complacency when young people still struggle to find work.

“That is why this new programme is so important and should enable us to go even further in tackling youth unemployment and providing opportunities for all of our young people.

“I have invited the Cabinet Secretary through to Falkirk district to see for herself the great job that is being done to boost employment. The Scottish Government is doing all that it can with the powers currently available to it, but with greater responsibilities over tax and welfare we could do even more.

“Electing John McNally as MP for Falkirk and Martyn Day as MP for Linlithgow and East Falkirk help get a strong team of SNP MPs in to Westminster in May. This is vital to secure the job-creating powers we need to build on this progress and make Scotland a fairer, more prosperous country.”

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