Employment

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 13th August 2009.

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Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Labour

Question S3W-25948

To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives have been introduced to provide skills training to 18 to 25-year-olds in the last 12 months.

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

Question S3W-25950

The national training programmes offered by Skills Development Scotland continue to provide skills training for this age group. The national training programmes include Modern Apprenticeships, Skillseekers, Get Ready for Work and Training for Work. The national training programmes are available nationwide.

Through ScotAction, launched on 10 June, individuals can also benefit from our skills support package for leading Scotland out of recession and on to economic growth. As part of ScotAction we have announced:

The Adopt an Apprentice Scheme that will help us deliver on our guarantee to apprentices to find them alternative employment so that they can complete their Modern Apprenticeship. The scheme gives employers a £2,000 helping hand to take on a redundant apprentice;

An additional 3,150 Training for Work places;

Doubled the number of Modern Apprenticeships in health and social care to over 2,100;

Support for 1,250 adult apprenticeships in health and social care, including Level 4 Management MAs;

One hundred "2 for 1" life sciences apprenticeships;

An additional 170 early years apprenticeships in 2009-10 for 16-19 year olds and

An additional 2,000 retails apprenticeships.

Margaret Curran (Glasgow Baillieston) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives have been introduced to provide skills training to over 25-year-olds in the last 12 months.

Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Labour

Question S3W-25956

To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives have been introduced in the east end of Glasgow to provide skills training to over 25-year-olds in the last 12 months.

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

Question S3W-25952

Modern Apprenticeships offered by Skills Development Scotland continue to provide skills training opportunities for this age group. Modern Apprenticeships and Training for Work are available nationwide.

Through ScotAction, launched on 10 June, individuals can also benefit from our skills support package for leading Scotland out of recession and on to economic growth. As part of ScotAction we have announced:

The Adopt an Apprentice Scheme that will help us deliver on our guarantee to apprentices to find them alternative employment so that they can complete their Modern Apprenticeship. The scheme gives employers a £2,000 helping hand to take on a redundant apprentice;

An additional 3,150 Training for Work places;

Doubled the number of Modern Apprenticeships in health and social care to over 2,100;

Support for 1,250 adult apprenticeships in health and social care, including Level 4 Management MAs;

One hundred "2 for 1" Life Sciences apprenticeships;

An additional 170 early years apprenticeships in 2009-10 for 16-19 year olds and

An additional 2,000 retails apprenticeships.

In addition to this, we announced the re-introduction of funding for adult Modern Apprenticeships in printing, meat processing, bakery and professional cookery in January this year. This is a change that benefits those over 20 years of age.

Margaret Curran (Glasgow Baillieston) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives have been introduced in the east end of Glasgow to provide skills training to 16 to 18-year-olds in the last 12 months.

Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Labour

Question S3W-25953

To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives have been introduced in the east end of Glasgow to provide employment assistance to 16 to 18-year-olds in the last 12 months.

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

We announced on 13 May 2009 that we would be piloting Activity Agreement in ten local authority areas. This intervention is designed to enable young people to undertake informal learning which will help them to become ready for formal learning or employment. One of the areas selected for the pilot was Glasgow City Council who have been offered over £750,000 for this.

Additionally, the national training programmes offered by Skills Development Scotland continue to provide skills training for this age group. The national training programmes include Modern Apprenticeships, Skillseekers and Get Ready for Work. The national training programmes are available nationwide including in the east end of Glasgow.

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