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Minister gets hands-on with Impact Arts

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Young people in Glasgow have showcased their newly-learned environmental skills to the Scottish Government’s Employability and Training Minister.

Jamie Hepburn MSP got his hands dirty during a visit today to our workshop in Dennistoun.

He met 15 young people on the Creative Pathways programme, which has an 88% success rate in placing people between the ages of 16 and 19 in jobs, further education and training. The programme is part of a larger movement called Our Bright Future, that supports young people to lead progressive change in their communities and local environment.

And under the guidance of the youngsters, he even turned his hand to creating ‘seed bombs’, which are used to quickly introduce new plant life to inaccessible areas.

The visit was organised by Inspiring Scotland, who provided the funds which allowed Impact Arts to deliver the Creative Pathways programme to young people in the area.

Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Employability and Training, said: “The young people I met were full of enthusiasm and fantastic advocates for the Creative Pathways programme.

“The work being done by Impact Arts is creating lasting change – benefiting not just those taking part but the wider community too.

“Creative and inspiring approaches like this are central to our strategy for young people in the workforce, and will help us to achieve our ambition of a 40% reduction in youth employment by 2020.”

Fiona Doring, acting director, Impact Arts, said: “Our aim is to help young people to lead progressive change in their communities and local environment. We’re currently working with a group of teenagers who are learning new skills and will then give the space a makeover so it can be used by the local community in Bridgeton.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Hepburn to our workshop – I know the young people were thrilled to show off their skills and hopefully he enjoyed taking part in the hands-on activities!”

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