THE North-east is to receive more than £500,000 to help youngsters into the world of work, the Scottish Government announced today.
Aberdeen City Council will be handed £179,458 and Aberdeenshire Council £357,186 under the Developing the Young Workforce scheme.
Funding of £5.8 million was announced earlier this week to help reduce youth unemployment in Scotland by 40% by 2021.
The councils will use the additional investment to strengthen links between schools, colleges and employers, continue developing work-based learning and career pathways for all young people, and support vulnerable groups towards employment.
Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham said: “Last month’s figures showed that youth employment was at 363,000, the highest figure recorded since the same period 10 years ago.
“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 Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Council to offer even more support to their young people and further boost Scotland’s economic growth.”