Scotland’s economy; Copying work experience scheme is ‘la-la land’

YOUTH employment minister Angela Constance has dismissed suggestions that the Scottish Government could set up its own paid version of the controversial UK-wide work experience scheme.

Ms Constance said it would “not be realistic” to think the SNP administration could duplicate the UK government’s Get Britain Working programme.

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Appearing before Holyrood’s economy committee yesterday to answer questions on the Scottish Government’s plans to tackle youth unemployment, Ms Constance was asked about the prospect of a paid version of the programme north of the Border. She said: “I think it is not realistic and I think I would be accused of living in la-la land if I thought I could realistically duplicate what the UK government currently has the responsibility and the finances for. I would be genuinely concerned about going down a road where we, for whatever reason, try and duplicate.”