Youth initiative beats target

David Fagan
David Fagan

An ambitious programme to get North Lanarkshire’s young people into work or training has beaten its 2013 target.

North Lanarkshire Council’s Youth Investment Programme (YIP), launched in 2012 had expected to help 2917 young people.

But figures just released show the £15 million, three-year programme is 15 per cent ahead of that target in terms of people supported into employment, apprenticeships or traineeships.

Convener of Regeneration and Infrastructure David Fagan said: “Our Youth Investment Programme is surpassing all expectations.

“We had a target of supporting 2917 people into work and as of December 31 last year we had helped 3346 find a position.

“We recognised very early on in the recession that investing in youth would be crucial to the area’s recovery,”