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Councils across Scotland are to benefit from a £5.8 million pot which will focus on eradicating youth unemployment and funding employment schemes for youngsters.
The funds, which were revealed by the Scottish Government, will be distributed to Scotland's 32 local authorities, who will use the money to strengthen links between schools, colleges and employers. The funding will also aim to develop further relationships with young people and provide more training that will make them ready for work.
The aim of the funding is to reduce the rate of unemployment, especially amongst the youth of the country, by 40% by 2021.
Fair Work, Skills and Training Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, said: “Work to reduce youth unemployment in Scotland by 40 per cent by 2021 is well under way through actions as part of our youth employment strategy.
“Last month's figures showed that youth employment was at 363,000, the highest figure recorded since the same period ten years ago.
“We have already funded Skills Development Scotland to provide more modern apprenticeships (MAs) and enhanced careers advice, but we need to keep up momentum.
“Local government has a key role to play in preparing young women and men for employment and is already taking forward a range of activity to help them fulfil their potential.
“This additional funding will allow councils to offer even more support to their young people and further boost Scotland's economic growth.”
Sadly unemployment and discrimination is still rife across Scotland, with many people being unfairly dismissed or losing their job through no fault of their own. New workers and those with little experience are also one of the most common types of workers to face such discrimination or unfair dismissal.
If you have been the victim of discrimination based on your inexperience, age, gender, sexual orientation or even if you have been harassed or bullied in the workplace for any reason, you can take legal action against your employer. Even if it was not done so by your employer but by other members of staff, your employer has a right to ensure that you are protected and that you are not being discriminated against in the workplace.
When making such a claim or presenting the facts in an employment tribunal, it is important to have as much evidence as possible. Our team of solicitors may require evidence such as witness reports, any email or written documentation or any other evidence supporting your claim. Many people believe that they should not take legal action or they could risk losing their job, however, if they do threaten you with your job or any other threat you will be able to take action citing unfair dismissal.
Dismissal can occur in a number of ways and can even happen without you really realising. If you require legal advice if you have been discriminated against when going for a promotion or in the workplace, in general, we can help. For any legal advice and representation regarding settlement agreements or any other employment issue, contact us today.