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New scheme to improve prospects for youngsters

Wednesday August 3rd, 2011

A new scheme to dramatically improve job prospects for school leavers is being endorsed from major blue chip businesses in the Capital.

The ‘Edinburgh Guarantee’ is being led by the City of Edinburgh Council and has received significant support from companies like JP Morgan, Microsoft and The Royal Bank of Scotland.

It aims to increase the number of jobs, education and training opportunities available to young people in the Capital.

If the recommendations are approved by the City of Edinburgh Council, the Council will create 50 new apprenticeships and provide training support for a further 80 school leavers. Twenty of these places will be for those who traditionally find it hardest to access such opportunities having been in long term social care.

The ‘Edinburgh Guarantee’ has already made significant progress. Positive developments include: Significant support from the private sector with several high profile companies supporting additional opportunities for young people; an agreement from Further Education Colleges in Edinburgh to provide an additional 30 places for school leavers in the coming year; the Council is looking at recruiting 50 young people to a four year apprenticeship scheme; skills Development Scotland are working closely with the Council to try and increase the capacity and uptake of national training programmes in Edinburgh.

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