Linda Fabiani MSP has welcomed an injection of £2,712,750 into South Lanarkshire as part of a major skills development package announced by the Scottish Government.
The STUC, third sector organisations, Community Planning Partnerships, Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council will all be involved in working within communities to deliver employability and training services for the unemployed, the lowest paid and people from deprived areas, ranging from early engagement through to in-work support and skills development.
South Lanarkshire-based MSP Linda said:
“This action and funding from the Scottish Government is good news for South Lanarkshire. Although things are starting to improve, we all know that the area has been hit badly by the UK recession and that too many people and families have been affected by unemployment and loss of income.
“This funding boost will support those people, and others who are low paid or living in areas of higher unemployment, to improve their existing skills and develop new ones to help them into jobs which are rewarding and have a future. It will be particularly helpful to young people trying to find work in the current difficult job market.
“What’s especially encouraging about this programme is that it will be delivered locally and respond strategically to local economic and employment needs. South Lanarkshire organisations, like voluntary groups and trade unions, will be working together to help strengthen our local workforce and help people find sustainable work.
“I look forward to seeing this programme at work in the ground in East Kilbride and other communities across South Lanarkshire.”