The Minister for Youth Employment, Angela Constance, is urging employers to make the most of the skills young people can offer.
“Supporting more young people into jobs is a top priority for the Scottish Government. We are working hard to improve the employment options available and these very positive figures from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway demonstrate that our work and that of local authorities is producing results.
“A record 89.9 per cent of our young people nationwide are rightly securing opportunities on leaving school, however, one young person not in training or employment is one too many and our work must continue.
“A vibrant Scottish economy needs Scotland’s young people to be a central part of a dynamic workforce and most young Scots want to rise to this challenge.
"That’s why I would urge more employers in Scotland to make our young people their business and take advantage of the support we’ve provided to do so.”
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