27 September 2012
Thousands of young Scots will be helped into jobs following the
allocation of £3 million Scottish Government funding for the third
Twenty-four projects across Scotland will receive investment
from the Third Sector and Social Enterprise Challenge Fund with
projections showing that 2,019 young people will be given the
chance to improve their employability.
Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance announced the
funding in Edinburgh while visiting one of the successful
recipients, Street League, who use football and structured
education to build confidence, develop skills and help young people
She said: "We have put record levels of investment into opening
up opportunities for our young people to improve their chances of
"The Third Sector Challenge and Social Enterprise Fund forms
part of our unique guarantee to 16 to 19 year olds that all will be
offered a place in training or education. I am very pleased to be
able to fund such a broad range of projects, all of which have a
single goal - helping Scotland's young people into a job.
"Street League is just one example of how to engage young people
by wrapping up real skills training with something that many enjoy
and I hope to see all 24 projects making a difference to the lives
of Scotland's young people over the coming months."
The Third Sector and Social Enterprise Challenge Fund forms
parts of the Scottish Government's £30 million investment in The
Youth Employment Strategy and was originally intended to be £2.5
million. Relevant organisations were invited to bid earlier this
Projects to receive funding from the Third Sector Challenge Fund
are as follows:
Source: Scottish Government press release
The Third Sector and Social Enterprise Challenge Fund is
administered by Skills Development Scotland.