The Scottish Liberal Democrats have pledged a new Young Persons Job Guarantee for every 16 to 24-year-old, promising all young Scots access to a job or training.
The pre-election announcement follows a 6% fall in the employment rate amongst young people across Scotland between January 2020 and December 2020 – compared to the UK average drop of 1.8%.
The fall in employment rate amongst young women in Scotland was also higher than young men, at 7.1%.
Under the new proposals, the Scottish Liberal Democrats plan to deliver an additional 2,000 graduate apprenticeships with small businesses, as well as offering new jobs through public agencies and programmes for the creative industries – and in other target sectors such as low carbon, care, education and artificial intelligence.
Party leader Willie Rennie said: “We need to take action to stop a jobs crisis and put recovery first – we will kickstart investment to boost new jobs in clean-tech and green energy to future-proof careers.
“The last year has been tough, but the government’s own report shows a drop in jobs for young people in Scotland that is three times worse than the UK average – there can be no excuse for this.”
The Scottish Liberal Democrat manifesto will pledge to support placements for graduates from 2020 and 2021.
The programme would be run through the enterprise agencies and university careers services.
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