Scotland’s Employability and Training Minister Jamie Hepburn visited Street League Glasgow to mark the latest employment statistics released by the Office of National Statistics. These show that 57.3% of young people in Scotland are in employment (compared to 53.9% of young people in the UK).

Talking about the visit, the Minister was encouraged by Scotland’s employment figures, whilst emphasising the continued need to proactively support young people. He took the opportunity to speak with young people currently taking part in Street League’s football and employability Academy programme, highlighting “… [Street League] is exactly the type of activity that we need to see more of across Scotland.”

Street League has successfully used sport to engage and support 1,093 young people to move into work, education and training in the past twelve months alone. While national youth unemployment levels have dropped, there is continuing regional disparity. Street League works in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities where youth unemployment rates are as high as 1 in 4.

Street League Managing Director, Dougie Stevenson said:

“Street League delivers its sport for employment programme in 24 Scottish communities and is proud to be tackling youth unemployment. We will keep working, with the support of our funders and partners, to help young people achieve their potential.”

Inspiring Scotland’s 14:19 Fund Advisor, Duncan MacKechnie said:

“Funding from Inspiring Scotland helps some of the most disadvantaged young people aged 14 to 19 in Scotland who struggle to access employment, education or training. Continued support from the Scottish Government allows Inspiring Scotland to attract private sector funds which in turn results in long-term social impact through organisations like Street League.”