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Scottish Parliament: School Curriculum (Business Needs Alignment) (2 Dec 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: We recognise the importance of preparing our learners so that they have the skills required to meet our ambitions on transitioning to net zero. In schools, our learning for sustainability action plan sets out how we are working to enable pupils and teachers to build a socially just, sustainable and equitable society. In further and higher education, Skills Development Scotland and the...

Scottish Parliament: School Curriculum (Business Needs Alignment) (2 Dec 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: I recognise that point. Of course, just as we seek to upskill the workforce who will be practically applying the skill set, we also need to make sure that educators have that skill set too, as Brian Whittle is correct to say. Set out in our climate emergency skills action plan is a commitment to taking forward the green jobs workforce academy, which will play an important role in the...

Scottish Parliament: Universities (Autonomy) (11 Nov 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: The autonomy of Scotland’s universities is protected through their legal status as independent charitable bodies. The Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Act 2016 expanded the statutory definition of academic freedom and required our universities to aim to uphold the academic freedom of persons engaged in teaching or the provision of learning or research at the university.

Scottish Parliament: Universities (Autonomy) (11 Nov 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: I understand why that question has been asked, but, in my experience, not a single institution or academic has contacted me to express concerns about what the system in Scotland is operating to. Our responsibility, of course, is to ensure that we enshrine and protect the autonomy of institutions and, indeed, academics. That autonomy is enshrined in the Higher Education Governance (Scotland)...

Scottish Parliament: Young Persons Guarantee and National Training Transition Fund (9 Nov 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: On 8 October 2020, the Scottish Government launched the national transition training fund and, in the following month, we set out to Parliament the ambitions for the young persons guarantee. I reiterate my gratitude, and that of the Government, to Sandy Begbie for the work that he has done in developing and leading on that guarantee. His passion and enthusiasm have been evident throughout and...

Scottish Parliament: Young Persons Guarantee and National Training Transition Fund (9 Nov 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: I say to Mr Johnson that the national transition training fund is only one element of the entirety of the system that we have. That is why I made the point at the outset that the fund and the young persons guarantee build on the strong foundations that we have. I recognise and understand the point that he makes, which is entirely valid, but my response is that we do not rely only on the...

Scottish Parliament: Young Persons Guarantee and National Training Transition Fund (9 Nov 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: I readily concede that I was unaware of the meeting of the cross-party group, but I would be very happy to engage with that sector, as I would with any sector that is willing to give young people opportunities to get into the world of work. As well as meeting employers, I look forward to meeting next Wednesday, as part of Scotland’s first careers week, a panel of young people at the...

Scottish Parliament: Young Persons Guarantee and National Training Transition Fund (9 Nov 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: I hope that Pam Gosal recognises two things. First, there has been a year-on-year increase in the number of apprenticeships in Scotland as opposed to what has been happening south of the border, where there has been a year-on-year decrease over the past few years. Secondly, I hope that she—being a fair-minded person—also recognises that the reason that that target was not achieved in the...

Scottish Parliament: Young Persons Guarantee and National Training Transition Fund (9 Nov 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: Will the member give way again?

Scottish Parliament: Young Persons Guarantee and National Training Transition Fund (9 Nov 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Young Persons Guarantee and National Training Transition Fund (9 Nov 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: I am genuinely perplexed as to what the member means when she asks us to change to a demand-led process for apprenticeships. We have a demand-led process. It seems inconsistent of her to ask for a demand-led system on the one hand while, on the other, dismissing the point that I made, which is that the very reason for our facing a challenge in reaching the 30,000 target was that the demand...

Scottish Parliament: Young Persons Guarantee and National Training Transition Fund (9 Nov 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: I do not know whether Willie Rennie was listening when I made my opening speech. We are still waiting for the final figures, but the indication is that there were actually 9,000 starts in the national transition training fund last year. I thought that that might be helpful.

Scottish Parliament: Young Persons Guarantee and National Training Transition Fund (9 Nov 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: I do not know whether Mr Rennie is aware, but a lot of that training was delivered through our tertiary education system. As he is aware, that operates to an academic year rather than a financial year. That is why the figures are as they are.

Scottish Parliament: Young Persons Guarantee and National Training Transition Fund (9 Nov 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: The member is quite right to express her concerns, which I share, about the rate of youth unemployment. She said that there has been no response to that. Does she not recognise that the young persons guarantee might be felt to be a response to that reality?

Scottish Parliament: Young Persons Guarantee and National Training Transition Fund (9 Nov 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: I am sure that the member would not want to mislead Parliament. KPIs have been published, and I am happy to send them to him.

Scottish Parliament: Young Persons Guarantee and National Training Transition Fund (9 Nov 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: Martin Whitfield will know that we have high aspirations for fair work. We will always seek to advance fair work. If we had powers on employment law, we could do more.

Scottish Parliament: Young Persons Guarantee and National Training Transition Fund (9 Nov 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: I begin by thanking those who have contributed to the debate. What we have heard today—albeit that it may not always have been apparent in some of the rhetoric that has been deployed—is a great degree of agreement about the approach that we need to take in gearing our skills system towards better supporting people towards the opportunities as they lie. The young persons guarantee and...

Scottish Parliament: Young Persons Guarantee and National Training Transition Fund (9 Nov 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: I have been speaking for less than a minute, but why not?

Scottish Parliament: Young Persons Guarantee and National Training Transition Fund (9 Nov 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: Well, I certainly heard Oliver Mundell say that, but whether that represents consensus is another matter. I will develop the point that I was going on to make. I recognise of course that there is not complete agreement when it comes to the approach that has been taken. However, although Daniel Johnson seemed to suggest that there is no recognition that more has to be done or that different...

Scottish Parliament: Young Persons Guarantee and National Training Transition Fund (9 Nov 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: I agree with Mr Johnson that we must always be willing to prosecute the schemes that we put in place to see what worked. We are committed to doing that, so there will be an assessment of the young persons guarantee and the national transition training fund, which will be available for Parliament to assess. I will turn to some of the points that were made during the debate. I will start with...


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