THE development of the pilot project on progressing Fife's Young Workforce will be going ahead, despite the problems caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Cowdenbeath MSP Annabelle Ewing welcomed a response she has received from the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn, on Modern Apprenticeships and the Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) pilot project in Fife.

Ms Ewing raised the issue during Portfolio Questions in the Scottish Parliament, on Thursday, and speaking afterwards, Ms Ewing said: “Modern Apprenticeships are an extremely important part of the learning pathways that are available in Scotland, and I was keen to hear what plans the Scottish Government has for their continued promotion in light of the Covid-19 outbreak.

“In my supplementary question, I took the opportunity to highlight the pilot project for a Fife DYW co-ordinator in each high school and asked for an update on what support is being made available to ensure that it continues".

The MSP added: “I was pleased to hear Mr Hepburn say not only that he shared my perspective on the importance of the pilot project but also that his officials have been engaging with the project leader and will be discussing plans with employers.

“This project has had a pivotal role in Fife and I am delighted that the importance of this innovative and successful approach is being recognised and supported when it is needed more than ever, in this very challenging time for our young people.”