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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00563: Gordon Lindhurst (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to assist in the upskilling of workers on an ongoing basis.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 18 January 2017

The education system, along with employability and training programmes, aim to ensure that all of our people are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the labour market and contribute to our economy.

We consulted on our response to the UK Government's Apprenticeship Levy. In direct response to the views of employers as part of that consultation, the Scottish Government's draft budget for 2017-18 includes plans to introduce a new £10 million Workforce Development Fund to support the up skilling of those already in employment.