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S5W-08341: Willie Coffey (Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 23 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it will help meet the upfront costs of digital and skills training.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 21 April 2017

Our recently published Digital Strategy for Scotland underlined the immense importance of digital skills to Scotland's citizens, businesses and the economy as a whole. These skills are clearly vital to the successful growth in key areas such as financial technology, software development, data analysis, life sciences, and the computer games industry, to name just a selection.

The importance of digital skills is why the strategy included a commitment to launch a new Digital Growth Fund, which will be supported by £36 million over the next three years.

This Fund has the potential to contribute towards the cost of training thousands of women and men each year. Our intention is that it should provide loans to organisations wishing to develop the digital skills of their staff across a range of areas.

Our aim is that the Fund will be ready to invite applications during 2017.