Fife College has welcomed the provisions announced by the Scottish Government today to help support young people who are set to be hit by the economic issues cased by the Coronavirus pandemic.

This afternoon the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Skills and Culture Fiona Hyslop launched the Young Person Guarantee in the Scottish Parliament.

It aims to see every 16-24 year old in Scotland either in paid employment, enrolled in education, actively involved on an apprenticeship or training programme, or engaged on a formal volunteering or supported activity programme within the next two years.

As part of the education section of the Guarantee, Fife College joined several other colleges in suggesting initiatives to the Scottish Government that could help develop skills in the short term.

Commenting on the announcement, Fife College said that with the predicted rise in unemployment over the coming months all colleges were going to play a vital role in delivering the Young Person Guarantee.

Vice-Principal at Fife College, Dorothee Leslie, said:

“Young people are set to face many challenges as Scotland recovers from this pandemic, and it’s only right that we do everything we can to support them.

“The Young Person Guarantee is an appropriate response to this crisis, and its focus on providing access to education is welcome.

“We’re pleased to be working with the Scottish Government on how we can best help at this time, and we will continue dialogue with them on further opportunities over the coming months.

“Colleges are going to play a vital role in our economic recovery, and are used to adapting to the needs of individuals and employers in order to deliver the skills our economy needs.

“We stand ready to help train and upskill all young people in order to help best prepare them for the future jobs market, and look forward to welcoming more students to Fife College as part of this programme.”