Yes, it is a bold commitment for policymakers and employers, backed up by £60million of funding from the Scottish Government, but now is the time to be bold in our commitment to young people.
As Chair of Career Ready, I am delighted with how Career Ready, in partnership with our network of employers across all sectors, will help make this possible by contributing to the Young Person’s Guarantee through mentoring alongside a paid, four-week internship.
It is encouraging to see the high-level of support from employers already, especially given the hardship that many businesses currently face. It is also great to see the response of the third sector following COVID-19, as charities will be vital in helping young people and society navigate these challenging times.
An investment which works for all
The difference the Young Person’s Guarantee will make could be transformational for Scotland and its young people. And if we invest in young people today, we will all enjoy the dividends in the future.
Young people will receive the vital employment, education, and skill development opportunities they need to be successful in life. Not only will this have a life-changing impact on their future careers, but it will help protect their mental wellbeing and future happiness.
Moreover, it will add lasting value to businesses across Scotland. The boost in skills and workplace experience will give employers the future talent they require, especially those needed for the modern economy.
But to reach our ambition of providing this critical support to young people, we need the support of more employers, large and small, from across Scotland.
That is why we urge you to come forward and show your commitment to young people by getting involved with the Young Person’s Guarantee, Career Ready and the other organisations committed to ensuring Scotland’s young people can succeed.
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