Scottish employers have given their support to a Government scheme to boost the skills and experience of young jobseekers and help them into work.
As part of the Governments Get Britain Working measures to give jobseekers the support need to get a job, Jobcentre Plus and Hilton Hotel, Glasgow held an employer meeting today to highlight the benefits of work experience with local employers.
Hosting the meeting, Scottish Secretary Michael Moore said:
The UK Government is working hard to address unemployment in Scotland and work experience is a great example of this. The Government has committed 60 million to help the most vulnerable young people find work and is committed to doing it all it can to get people back into work across Scotland.
Yesterday I met with employers and those seeking to gain employment and listened to their concerns and have already met over 600 young people, employers and delivery organisations through the seminars on this issue organised by the Scotland Office. We are removing the barriers to work through Universal Credit and ensuring that work always pays for those currently receiving benefits.
Rena Kinloch, DWP Work Services Director for Scotland said:
I was pleased to see a range of organisations attending the event and I firmly believe that it influenced everyone to hear directly from the young people what Work Experience has meant to them.
This resulted in a good response at the event, from employers, pledging their commitment to support Work Experience. Good networking took place on a range of issues.
Hilton Hotels has pledged 100 work experience places nationally,10 in the Glasgow hotel alone.