Young people continue to impress me with their ability to navigate challenges, adapt to new technologies, and contribute innovative ideas. From their achievements in education, developing ground breaking start-ups to leading impactful social initiatives, young people have proven time and again that age is no barrier to success. They possess a unique blend of creativity, enthusiasm, and determination that fuels their drive to excel.
In an ever-evolving world, the contributions and achievements of young people cannot be underestimated. Their resilience, determination, and fresh perspectives make them valuable talent in any organisation. I am sure today, through #YPAG23 we will see the diverse nature of these achievements.
Diversity and inclusion are essential components of a thriving workplace. By recruiting young people from diverse backgrounds, employers gain access to a rich tapestry of experiences, perspectives, and ideas. Embracing diversity fosters innovation, enhances problem-solving capabilities, and increases adaptability in a rapidly changing world. By creating an inclusive environment, employers provide equal opportunities for young people to contribute and flourish, irrespective of their race, gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic background.
Ensuring as many young people as possible are in education, training or work is not just vital for their future, it is vital for Scotland’s economic future too. By nurturing and developing the young workforce, we empower individuals and fuel economic growth and social progress. Through mentoring, training programs, and internships, employers can provide invaluable opportunities for young people to develop their skills, build confidence, and gain practical experience, setting them on a path towards long-term career success.
To fully harness the potential of Scotland's young workforce, it is imperative that employers step up and actively engage with this talented pool of individuals. By integrating young people into your organisations, you contribute to the development of a resilient and inclusive society. Here are a few actionable steps you can take:
Young people are the future of Scotland, they are an asset to this country and we need to ensure they are given every opportunity to fulfil their undoubted potential in life.
We would like to thank Sandy for writing such an insightful article, and for his dedication to improving opportunities for young people in Scotland. If you feel inspired to learn more about the Young Person's Guarantee or would like to sign up, visit the Young Person's Guarantee Employer Hub below.