Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell has praised the work done in the region by those helping young people into the world of work.
He was speaking in a Scottish Parliament debate on developing the young workforce, which is a seven-year programme designed to better support youngsters into the world of work.
While Mr Mundell believes that the Scottish Government need to do more in order to progress the program, he used his speech to praise the work done locally in his constituency.
In his speech he said: “Developing young workforce have made an invaluable contribution and a long overdue start in stemming the tide of centralisation.
“I’m greatly impressed by what the local team have achieved in Dumfries and Galloway in a relatively short period of time.
“As well as bringing together and maximising existing local training and employment opportunities the team have also done a sterling job in reaching out across what is a large and diverse rural area, instigating new ideas and initiatives working with schools, the college sector, local businesses and young people themselves.
“They’ve done so much to tackle the barriers that have emerged as a result of the urban rural divide.”
Speaking afterwards, Mr Mundell said: “There is a lot of positive work going on in helping young people into work in Dumfries and Galloway and Developing the Young Workforce has played a big part in that.
“It is helping to reverse centralisation and we need to continue on that trend to ensure that young people remain here in Dumfries and Galloway and boost the local economy.
“The Scottish Government need to continue to promote our young workforce and give them the opportunities that they deserve to feel that they have are on the right path in the world of work.”