Health and wellbeing of young Scots tops STUC Youth Conference Agenda in Dundee

June 25th 2009

The health and wellbeing of young Scots will be at the top of the agenda when the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Youth Conference meets in Dundee this weekend. Scottish Government Minister for Public Health and Sport, Shona Robison will deliver the first keynote speech of the two day conference that will be attended by young trade unionists from across Scotland and other organisations with an interest in protecting the health and wellbeing of young people.

Speaking before the Conference Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary, said

“The STUC are concerned, that during the current recession, there will be less employment and training opportunities for young workers as employers cut jobs across the board.

“The conference will discuss a wide range of employment issues affecting young people in the workplace in addition to health and wellbeing including fairness at work, youth unemployment and the impact of the current recession on young workers.

“However, we also have to ensure that young workers are aware of the link between good work and good health and how improving and protecting physical and mental health can benefit individuals, employers and wider society.”

Scottish Government Minister for Public Health and Sport, Shona Robison said

“The Scottish Government is committed to helping young people to achieve the skills they need for life and work.

“This year we have brought forward an additional £293 million of capital investment to generate work and support jobs.

“We’re also investing in skills and training by investing £16 million to support 7,800 modern apprenticeship places and by implementing a financial support package for employers who recruit recently redundant apprentices.

“The STUC and the Scottish Government have also worked together to deliver a resource pack for secondary schools which will help young people to understand their employment rights, protect their health at work and make the most of their working lives.”

STUC Youth Committee Chair, Drew Smith of the GMB said

“Research reveals that young workers are far more likely to be injured or made ill by their work, not as a result of their cavalier attitude as some employers might argue, but because they have not been given adequate training or workplace inductions.

“Equally, young people from families with a history of long term unemployment are far more likely to suffer mental ill health than other young people. This conference will give us the chance to debate and discuss with other organisations how we can effectively work together to ensure young are equipped people play a part in rebuilding the collective prosperity of our country.”

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For further information contact Ian Tasker 07974 966 227 or Drew Smith 07940 811477.

Notes to Editors

The 69th Annual STUC Youth Conference will take place at the West Park Conference Centre in Dundee on Saturday/Sunday

27th and 28th June 2009.

Shona Robison MSP, Scottish Government Minister will address the conference on Saturday 27th June at 10.55 am.

Other organisation participating in the conference workshops and panel debate include Chose Life, Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health, Respect Me, Samaritans, See Me and Working Health Centre Lothian.

The final agenda pdf for the Conference is attached

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