A tremendous start to the week with the launch of Aberdeen Guarantees at the Beach Ballroom.
This new partnership initiative brings together the efforts of the public, private and third sectors to help young people progress towards employment. Aberdeen Guarantees will ensure all 14 to 25-year-olds in Aberdeen have access to quality opportunities in learning, training and work. This morning’s launch marked the start of the collaborative process to bring about this ambitious project by engaging with the city’s business community.
The programme of activity will be key to the Council addressing the Strategic Infrastructure Plan priority on skills.
I am delighted to say that the Council Leader and I have signed a pledge on behalf of the Council, promising a range of support for young people, including providing modern apprenticeships; informing students, parents and teachers about the job market and skills required in the City; and participating in careers fairs. I know that I can rely on everyone in the Council to support those young people who undertake their work experience with us. One of the most striking aspects of the launch event were the presentations by pupils from Northfield and Oldmachar Academies outlining the impacts on them of work they have undertaken in companies around Aberdeen.
In leading from the front, the Council is now calling on organisations of all sizes across the city to follow suit and provide what support they can to the city’s youth.
Aberdeen Guarantees will bring together a range of approaches for youngsters who are still at school, those approaching the end of their school days, and those who have already left. It will help support these young people to move into further education, training, and employment, building on the work already done to reduce the number of unemployed young people in the city. The scheme will also advertise new training and work opportunities for young people and promote youth-employment related activity to young people, parents, carers, professionals and employers. You can find out more about the programme and our partners on the dedicated website www.aberdeenguarantees.com
Finally, a personal thank you to Neil McLennan and his colleagues in Education, Culture and Sport for such an exciting, effective and successful launch event today.