Kezia Dugdale
Kezia Dugdale

Elgin Youth Cafe will launch a new Chill Out Job Club this week giving young people a chance to improve their job-seeking skills in a familiar environment.  

Labour’s local councillors were joined by Kezia Dugdale MSP (Shadow Minister for Youth Unemployment) today when they visited the Elgin Youth Café to talk to staff and young people about the new project and youth unemployment.

Kezia is originally from Elgin and her Dad was Deputy Head Teacher at Elgin High.  She said:

Long-term youth unemployment has quadrupled in Moray in the last year alone.  It is absolutely clear that governments in London and Edinburgh aren’t focussing on getting young people into work.  They have to change course to give these young people a chance at a decent future.”


Labour has a small but talented team in Moray and they will continue fighting alongside Labour colleagues from around the UK for policies that grow the economy and create more jobs. The young people I met today are keeping their spirits up and working hard to get a job in a really tough economy. We should be proud of these young people for not giving up and of the staff at Elgin Youth Café for working so hard for them.”

John Divers, Labour Group Leader said:

These young people are trying their best to get into work and finding it very hard.  Lots of young people are chasing after the same job and it’s very competitive.  One of the things they mentioned a lot today was the fact that sometimes the companies they are applying to don’t even bother to get back to them.  They are trying very hard and deserve better than that.  The staff at the Youth Café are doing a great job helping them stay positive and focussed.”

Barry Jarvis who represents a number of the young people as councillor for Elgin North added:

“The new scheme is innovative and will help the young people brush up on their skills.  I’m proud of the Youth Cafe and of the young people for all their efforts.  Jobs don’t land on your lap, you have to work for them.  That’s exactly what they are doing”

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