"Politics is all about people. As a Central Scotland MSP it is both a pleasure and a privilege to meet and become involved with a hugely diverse number of people and organisations"

Margaret Mitchell
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Archive for February 2016

Margaret Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Youth Charity

Feb. 29th 2016

Margaret joined The Prince’s Trust Scotland to celebrate the youth charity’s 40th anniversary at a Parliamentary Reception on Tuesday 25th February.

Set up by His Royal Highness The Duke of Rothesay Prince Charles in 1976, the charity has helped more than 150,000 vulnerable young people across Scotland to turn their lives around and achieve success in work, education or set up in business.

Hosted by George Adam MSP and Iain Gray MSP, over 150 guests attended the event. Young people who have been supported into employment or training by The Trust took centre-stage, leading presentations on the reality of being young and sharing their thoughts on the most pressing issues in 2016.

During the event, guests had the opportunity to show their support by taking a photograph with a giant pledge 40th birthday card.

Princes Trust Scottish Parliament Event, 23/02/2016. Photography for Indigo PR from: Colin Hattersley Photography - - - 07974 957 388

While youth unemployment in Scotland has fallen in the last year, the unemployment rate for young people is still almost four times higher than that for adults[1]. Recent research from The Prince’s Trust also shows that working class young people are three times more likely not to be in education, training or employment (NEET) than those from middle-class backgrounds.[2]

The youth charity runs a range of programmes to help disadvantaged young people gain the skills and confidence they need to find work.  The charity has supported 825,000 young people across the UK since 1976 and this year will support over 100 more each day.


[1] Labour market statistics – January 2016, Office for National Statistics. The unemployment rate for 16-24-year-olds is 13.7 per cent, compared to 3.8 per cent for adults.

[2] Figures from YouGov Plc.  “Working class” refers to young people who make up the demographic classification C2DE. “Middle-class” young people refers to those classified as ABC1.

Posted by Felicity | in Issues and events, Latest news, Parliament

Margaret meets with Open University

Feb. 25th 2016

Margaret met with a representative from The Open University, the world’s first successful distance teaching university.

The Open University

Open University promotes educational opportunity and social justice by providing quality university education to all who wish to fulfil their potential. Their partnerships with national and local organisations create opportunities of higher education for those who are under represented, through  programs like: OpenLearn and Part-time study. 

Posted by Felicity | in Issues and events, Latest news, Parliament

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