Scotland’s Education Secretary Michael Russell has announced today that communities across Scotland will receive a share of a £168 million windfall as part of a national skills development programme to strengthen the country’s workforce. Of this new fund, £7.7 million will go to the third sector to support around 5,000 unemployed people into work over the next two years.
The money will be distributed to a partnership of 14 charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises, including the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Action for Children, Fairbridge and The Prince’s Trust.
Donna Mackinnon, Director of Employment Services at SCVO said: “The recession has slashed employment opportunities for young people and those furthest from the labour market. This lifeline will help us to help them.
“Thousands of Scots are unemployed and the third sector has a proven track record for helping some of society’s most vulnerable people into jobs. It makes absolute sense that we should be using our knowledge and experience in this way to continue that great work.”
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