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S5W-13483: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in order to meet its objectives for increasing the number of women entering and remaining in the industry, what support it can give to Forth Ports to ensure the development of a more diverse workforce, including through maximising the opportunities offered by the development of the new training academy.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 16 January 2018

The Scottish Government is committed to equality between men and women and we believe that women should be fairly and properly represented across all sectors. Forth Ports offers a wide range of career opportunities across its business with a focus on schools, further education and higher education to facilitate applications from all sections of the local community.

We have set out how we will tackle gender imbalances and promote equality of access in relation to subject and career choices, through the Modern Apprenticeship Equality Action Plan and Scottish Funding Council Gender Action Plan for colleges and universities 

We are taking action to ensure women’s equality in the workplace and to ensure women are represented in senior and decision making roles, including in the boardroom. 

We are delivering a Returner’s programme to assist women to re-enter the workforce following a career break.

We are developing a Workplace Equality Fund aimed at reducing employment inequalities, in particular those face by women and other equality groups.