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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-01167: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 30 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to a recent survey of Scottish Training Federation members, which showed that 25% of respondents would be closing as a direct result of reductions to the Employability Fund.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 28 July 2016

Since its launch in 2013 we have supported more than 52,000 training places through the Employability Fund giving unemployed individuals the support they need to move towards and into work.

The UK government spending review of November 2015 was hugely challenging to the devolved Scottish budgets, including employability. Despite the severe restrictions imposed I am pleased that we are able to support a further 11,650 Employability Fund training opportunities in 2016-17. This of course sits alongside our wider package of employability support such as Community Jobs Scotland, Scotland’s Employer Recruitment Incentive and Modern Apprenticeships.

In the event of any training provider closures, Skills Development Scotland will seek to support those affected and ensure that provision of training opportunities in the local area is not compromised.