A GLASGOW department store that runs a scheme aimed at helping people make the transition from school into work has been praised by Scotland's Youth Employment Minister.
Angela Constance met staff and pupils involved in the John Lewis Work Inspiration mentoring scheme.
The scheme sees pupils from schools in disadvantaged areas given help and work experience while also attending classes at a further education college.
Pupils from St Roch's and Smithycroft secondaries, both in the East End, take part, while others working get extra tuition from John Wheatley College towards a retail award.
Ms Constance awarded certificates to 14 successful candidates at the store.
She said: "John Lewis' Work Inspiration programme is a great example of the energy, willingness and creativity being focused by employers in Scotland on helping young people into work.
"I want to ensure our young people have the best start in adult life and programmes like this help by bridging the gap between school and the workplace.
"Making that link between classroom and workplace is vital and helps young people see the relevance of their learning and the career opportunities on offer."
The Work Inspiration programme operates across the three John Lewis Scottish branches. The others are in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.