Employment

– in the Scottish Parliament on 11th February 2021.

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Photo of Alasdair Allan Alasdair Allan Scottish National Party

1. To ask the Scottish Government what measures its budget will provide to support people into employment. (S5O-04993)

Photo of Ivan McKee Ivan McKee Scottish National Party

In the budget announcement on 28 January, the Scottish Government pledged to support individuals into work by providing £1.1 billion to drive forward our national mission for jobs and to equip our future workforce with the skills that it needs. That includes an additional £125 million of investment targeted at employment and skills support such as the no one left behind project, fair start Scotland, the national transition training fund and the young persons guarantee, together with £230.9 million for Skills Development Scotland.

Photo of Alasdair Allan Alasdair Allan Scottish National Party

I am sure that the minister will agree that it is vital that our recovery from the current crisis is a green one. How will the budget ensure that we have people with the right skills for the jobs of the future, to enable such a green recovery to happen?

Photo of Ivan McKee Ivan McKee Scottish National Party

Of course I agree with Alasdair Allan. As part of our green recovery, the £1.1 billion for jobs and skills to which the Scottish Government committed in the budget includes funding for the creation of a green workforce academy, alongside the first £14 million of our £100 million green jobs fund. Those targeted interventions will equip our Scottish workforce with the expertise necessary to secure work in the low-carbon economy and, as will be vital, will develop a clear support system for our young people to enable them to thrive in the good, green jobs of the future.