The Scottish Government has told business leaders that creating a skilled workforce and helping more young people into work is still a top priority.
Scotland’s Minister for Youth Employment, Angela Constance MSP, addressed leading business figures at a business breakfast held at Carnegie Conference Centre last week.
Also present at the event, which was organised by Fife Council on behalf of the Fife Economy Partnership, was Fife Council leader Alex Rowley who outlined the key priorities for driving the Fife economy over the next five years.
Mr Rowley made it clear that increasing the numbers of young people in work in Fife should be a top priority and urged businesses in the area to liase with the Council to create the training and job opportunities needed to encourage the growth of the Fife economy.
He said: “We have freed up £5 million over the next two years to create training and apprenticeship places and want to get that money direct to employers.
“I am asking employers of all sizes to come forward and get involved in this scheme. Our objective is to give young people a chance to be with an employer, get experience and skills and learn about the world of work.”
Chris Parr, chair of Fife Economy Partnership added: “A skilled, educated and creative workforce is essential to creating a more competitive and resilient economy.
Although the proportion of Fife’s working age population who have no skills has fallen over the last few years, we still have a low number of graduates in the workforce and there is an increasing demand for skills in science, technology, engineering and maths.
“We were therefore delighted that so many business leaders were able to take the time to come along to our event and share their views on how we can best create a workforce in Fife which is appropriately skilled to attract and retain business investment and growth in the region.”