Secretary of State joins MP in praising work done in Moray to help young people prepare for work

Moray MP Douglas Ross has praised the efforts of those working locally to help boost employment opportunities for young people in Moray and was joined by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, in highlighting the efforts made preparing young people for the workplace.

Commenting after raising the issue during questions to the Secretary of State at the Department of Work and Pensions in the House of Commons today Douglas said: ”Since the Conservatives came to power in 2010 youth unemployment has fallen by 43% and I was keen to highlight the efforts being made in Moray to give young people a taste of work during their time in placements. We are now in the second week of ‘Meaningful May’ in Moray where 93 students have undertaken work placements this month, taking the total to 330 for the year.

“I also took the opportunity to praise the 186 different Moray employers who facilitated these placements as it is only because of their commitment, and the efforts of Moray Council employees organising these opportunities, that the scheme can take place. A key element of the Moray Growth Deal is keeping more young people in Moray after they complete their education and highlighting the local job opportunities is an excellent way of doing that.

Asked if she would welcome the efforts being made in Moray, Secretary of State Esther McVey said “I will indeed welcome the work in Moray.” She put particular emphasis on the efforts of work coaches and businesses to highlight what is being done thanks to UK Government support with traineeships and supporting the sector based works academies which offer vital experience.

Douglas added: “I share the Secretary of State’s enthusiasm that all this helps get young people excited about going into work, and what they can do and what they can offer in whatever job or career they pursue.”