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Social Enterprise Scotland welcomes leading role in new youth employment initiative

Social Enterprise Scotland will continue to take a leading role in Community Jobs Scotland, the youth employment programme, after an announcement by Scottish Government Minister for Youth Employment, Angela Constance MSP.

The sector body that represents social enterprises across Scotland has taken a central role in the scheme over the past year, in partnership with The Scottish Government and SCVO.

The new £6m to create jobs for young people will build on the work from the first phase. In addition a new £2.5m challenge fund for youth employment has been announced, to support the third sector to work with employers.

Fraser Kelly, acting CEO of Social Enterprise Scotland, said: “This is a very welcome development to build on the work already completed by Community Jobs Scotland. We’ll ensure that this new initiative gives a wider focus on the needs of young people to get jobs and prepare them for the labour market, together with a focus on support for Third Sector organisations.

“We’re also pleased about the new £2.5m challenge fund for youth employment and we look forward to working with government on the details of social enterprise involvement and how this will work in practice.

“Most importantly this new initiative is good news for Scotland’s young people facing a tough labour market. It’s essential that we harness their talent, provide new opportunities and find innovative solutions to the youth employment challenge.”

Social Enterprise Scotland is an independent, Scottish and member-led organisation, built and controlled by social enterprises across the country.

Scottish Government press release about the new scheme is here.