New figures show that the UK Government’s new Kickstart Scheme has already helped 170 youngsters across Dumfries and Galloway aged 16-24 gain new opportunities since the scheme was launched.
Local MP David Mundell says it is further evidence of the UK Government’s commitment to stepping up and supporting jobs and the economic recovery in Dumfries and Galloway.
Overall, the Kickstart Scheme has made 520 jobs available in Dumfries and Galloway, with a third already having been started.
David Mundell MP said “As part of the Plan for Jobs, launched last year to support jobs during the pandemic, the £2 billion Kickstart Scheme pays businesses to create high-quality jobs for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit.
“The scheme gives young people the opportunity to find work, develop their skills, and get a crucial first step on the career ladder and has already helped many young people across Dumfries and Galloway back into work.
“It shows that the UK Chancellor is once again supporting and helping accelerate the economic recovery in our area.
“Young people have found the pandemic especially hard, and must be supported as quickly as possible back into employment. The Kickstart Scheme is already helping to do that, with many more jobs made available in Dumfries and Galloway.
“It is crucial both of Scotland’s governments fully focus on our recovery to ensure our communities can rebuild after the pandemic and I will continue to do everything I can to support that effort.”