Youngsters set to question ministers over what they are doing to help them find work

Youngsters are set to question Scottish ministers over what is being done to support them when it comes to finding work.

Scotland's Youth Summit, which is being held at the Hub in Edinburgh, will be attended by around 120 young people.

The event has been arranged Young Scot, the Scottish Youth Parliament and the Scottish Government.

Those attending the summit will get the chance to speak to politicians, such as Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance, about things that are being done and can be done to support 16-24 year-olds into work.

Other high-profile names at the event include Education Secretary Michael Russell, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages Alasdair Allan, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison, and Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell.

Ms Constance described how listening to young people's concerns and experiences is vitally important for ministers as they look to support them.

"I have met many young people in training or education in the last year, as well as a number seeking an opportunity, but the Youth Summit will given dozens of 16-24 year-olds the chance to tell ministers about their experiences face to face," she said.

"This Government is doing more than any other to improve the employability of our young people. We are already committed to 25,000 modern apprenticeship opportunities in every year of this Parliament and have guaranteed every 16-19 year-old a place in education or training.

"The Employer Recruitment Incentive announced in the draft Budget will also help small and medium-sized businesses to recruit unemployed young Scots."

She added that the meeting will give partners an indication of how these measures are progressing and ideas on how they can help further.

Grant Costello, chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, praised the fact that Government figures are coming together to listen to the concerns of young people in the hope of drawing up solutions that could make a massive difference to those searching for work.

"Young people have suffered enormously as a result of the economic downturn. It is crucial that action is taken to prevent a lost generation of young people who are unable to find work," he said.

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