ScottishPower today (Monday, March 1st) confirmed it will commit to the Young Person’s Guarantee as part of its overall plan to support the UK’s Green Recovery.
To avoid a ‘lost generation’, the new Young Person’s Guarantee aims to ensure all 16-24 year olds in Scotland get the chance to succeed through an apprenticeship, job, training, further education or volunteering.
The commitment by ScottishPower marks the start of 2021’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week (1-5 March).
ScottishPower is one of the largest employers in Scotland and currently has around 5,500 staff at sites across the UK, including 1650 at its Glasgow-based HQ. It is the UK’s only integrated energy company and generates 100% green electricity.
A Principal Partner for the United Nations climate change conference (COP26) to be held in Glasgow later this year, it is investing a total of £10bn in the clean energy generation and networks infrastructure needed to help the UK decarbonise.
Under the Guarantee, it is making five commitments to help young people at this critical time;
- prepare young people for the world of work through work experience, volunteering and work-based learning opportunities
- engage with and provide opportunities to young people who face barriers to work
- create work-based learning, training and upskilling opportunities for young people
- create jobs and opportunities for young people through apprenticeships, paid internships and work experience
- create an inclusive workplace to support learning and enable young people to meet their potential
ScottishPower already has a range of successful apprenticeship schemes, scholarships, internships, summer placements and other opportunities to support people either entering the workplace for the first time, from school leavers to graduates, or those returning after career breaks.
Under Young Person’s Guarantee, it is committing to furthering its opportunities for young people and those from disadvantaged backgrounds around the UK. This will include grassroots pre-employment schemes in local communities for young people in and around Glasgow.
Sheila Duncan, ScottishPower’s HR Director, said: “The theme for Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021 is Business Backing Talent and what better way to show our commitment to the future of our young people than by committing to support Young Person’s Guarantee.
“Young people are quite simply the future of our business and we know how successful our apprenticeship and employability schemes can be in terms of attracting, training and retaining talent.
“The past year has been incredibly difficult for our young people and accessing opportunities to help energise their careers shouldn’t seem out of their reach. I’m delighted we’re supporting the Guarantee and we’re fully committed to ensuring there are a wide range of exciting opportunities available to them as we strive to deliver a better future, quicker.”
Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:“Apprenticeships are a key part of our work to support our young people, who have been some of the hardest hit by the pandemic.
“The Scottish Government is committed to helping our young people and we have dedicated £25 million to increase apprenticeship opportunities in response to Covid-19.
“Not only do these valuable opportunities provide essential experience to progress, they are also hugely beneficial to our employers and businesses.
“Apprenticeships are also a crucial aspect of our million Young Person’s Guarantee, which since November has created around 18,000 opportunities for people aged between 16 and 24 to help them into work, education or training.
“I want our young people and employers to know we support you and will continue to do all we can to build a strong economy recovery for Scotland.”
Notes to editors
- The Young Person’s Guarantee has been backed by £60million Scottish Government investment with the purpose of giving all 16-24 year olds in Scotland the chance to succeed despite the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). More information is available at youngpersonsguarantee.scot