Comment: It is a win-win situation all round

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So, what did you do on your summer holidays?

If you are a teenager, the commonly assumed answer among many would probably be not very much.

The reality, however, for many young people in the city this summer could not have been more different.

Today we feature the story of dozens of city teens who through the Career Academy scheme have spent a month gaining vital on-the-job experience, being mentored by some of the city’s leading businesspeople and generally being prepared for the world of work.

The story has been written by Marc Duncan, a 16-year-old who has been working at the Evening News through the scheme.

Marc and his classmates could not be further from the old Kevin and Perry impression of teenagers.

The Career Academy is a fantastic example of the kind of initiative which is vital to tackling rates of youth unemployment, not just in Edinburgh but across the country.

The Capital has already been leading the way on this through the Edinburgh Guarantee scheme which is run by the city council in partnership with private businesses and the voluntary sector.

The aim is to ensure no young person is leaving school with nowhere to go and it has had huge success in turning the Capital from being one of the worst-performing areas to the best for school leaver employment.

There is still room for improvement but it is only through schemes like these and the co-operation of employers that we will move towards a 100 per cent success rate.

It is win-win all round. Employers will find enthusiastic young workers better prepared for working life and young people will be given the confidence and skill to hit the ground running.

Well done to all those involved today and happy holidays (or what’s left of them) to the 80
Edinburgh students finishing their placements today.