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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-02774: Iain Gray (East Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 15 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what level of funding will be provided to the Developing the Young Workforce programme in (a) real and (b) cash terms in each year of the current parliamentary session.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 26 September 2016

Developing the Young Workforce, Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy, published in December 2014, included a commitment to a two year early implementation budget to allow partners to build capacity and test out new approaches in the development phase of the programme. That budget came to an end, as planned, in financial year 2015-16.

The Scottish Government continues to fund DYW implementation through a range of core budgets including those of Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Funding Council. This is in line with Sir Ian Wood’s Commission’s view which advised funding Developing the Young Workforce activity from mainstream budgets. As with all budgets, these will be set in the context of the draft Scottish budget for 2017-18.