Andrew has hailed Rishi Sunak for helping young people in the North East get into work.
New figures show that the UK Chancellor’s Kickstart Scheme has helped 470 youngsters aged 16-24 gain new opportunities, since the scheme was launched. Andrew says it is further evidence the UK Government have stepped up to support jobs and economic recovery in the North East.
Overall, the Kickstart Scheme has made 1,030 jobs available in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Andrew recognises young people have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic but insists schemes like Kickstart are the right way to help them back into employment.
He said: “Rishi Sunak’s Kickstart Scheme has already helped young people across this region back into work. It shows that the UK Chancellor is once again prepared to support and accelerate our recovery from the pandemic."
“Young people have found this period especially hard, and must be supported as quickly as possible back into employment. The Kickstart Scheme from the UK Government is already helping to do that, with many more jobs made available in the North East. It is crucial both of Scotland’s governments fully focus on our recovery to ensure our communities can rebuild after the pandemic."
In West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine over 400 jobs have been made available with over 200 of them having been started already.
A Parliamentary answer regarding the total number of jobs can also be found here: Kickstart Scheme: 5 Nov 2021: Hansard Written Answers - TheyWorkForYou