The local authority received £720,000 to implement Opportunities for All earlier this year. Additional investment through European Social Funding will mean that 123 young people aged 16-19 seeking training or learning opportunities can now be targeted by the authority.
Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance (pictured above) was speaking in Kilmarnock where she visited Centrestage, a community arts centre, with two employees funded by the Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) programme.
The Minister also announced that CJS would be able to create a total of 1400 posts in 2012/13, an increase of 400 posts on what was previously planned.
She said: “Earlier this year, East Ayrshire was identified as one of the areas of Scotland with particular challenges with young unemployment, which is why the local authority received additional funding to implement Opportunities for All. I am very pleased to be able to visit the area and hear how this investment is making a difference.
“Further funding will help even more young people take up opportunities to improve their job prospects. It is also quite appropriate that today we can celebrate the work of Community Jobs Scotland who have now placed 2,500 people into work.
“A further 400 placements will ensure many more young people nationwide get the benefit of paid employment through third sector involvement and improve their prospects of sustainable opportunities.”