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Clyde-siders to gain access to employability programme

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Commonwealth Games volunteers will be eligible to access a £2.4 million employability programme, First Minister Alex Salmond has said.

The Scotland’s Best initiative, designed to get 1,000 jobless young Scots into work, will be opened up to those youngsters who have volunteered at the Games.

The volunteering and training programme is part of the £5 million Young Persons’ Legacy Fund which was announced in 2012, to give up to 2,500 young people the opportunity to gain employment and experience in the major events Scotland will host in the years to come.

Scotland’s Best sees participants achieve a Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 4 qualification to aid their entry into work.

The First Minister said:

“The Clyde-siders have been one of the biggest successes of the Commonwealth Games and we should take the utmost pride in the part they have played. They have taken to their roles with ease and have exemplified the wonderful, welcoming nature that Scotland is famed for – helping to make this the friendly games.

“I’ve met hundreds of volunteers over last eleven days and they have been the unsung heroes. Of course most of the focus has been placed on the top class athletes and the sporting spectacle of the Games, but the Clyde-siders have underpinned all of this.

“The Clyde-siders were made up of people from all ages and backgrounds, and we want to make sure that they can build on the great experience they’ve had and continue their own development.

“By opening up the Scotland’s Best programme to young Clyde-siders, we are offering these young people a terrific opportunity to gain vital skills, experience and qualifications that will better equip them for life in the workplace. This is a true Games legacy.”

Find out more about the Scotland's Best Legacy programme