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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14580: Bill Bowman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to attract technology and service companies to Dundee that will provide employment and training in automation.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 6 March 2018

Scottish Enterprise is working with foreign investors in the technology industry to bring their projects to Scotland. Over 2016-17 this support has resulted in the creation and protection of over 200 technology jobs in Dundee.

Last year, we launched the £10 million Flexible Workforce Development Fund to better support in-work training through up-skilling or re-skilling of existing employees supporting businesses in Dundee and across Scotland.

We are also encouraging people to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers at an early age through our Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) and our Modern Apprenticeships programmes. In particular, our Graduate Level Apprenticeships will support the in-work development of graduates, with initial activity focused on STEM with opportunities in the Engineering, Civil Engineering and Digital sectors.

Our STEM Strategy seeks to connect the STEM education and training offer with labour market need - both now and in the future. We will increase the number of college and university student placements with employers in STEM curriculum areas; increase the numbers of graduate and post-qualification internships offered with STEM employers; and, to complement the approach being taken through the DYW Programme to improve careers and guidance from 3 – 18, we will ensure that college and university students have access to the best advice and guidance about STEM careers.

We are supporting Innovation Centres like CENSIS and DataLab. Through our work on smart cities we are also supporting businesses and cities to take advantage of new technologies and advance their ability to integrate with data and digital.