July 17, 2020

People looking for work or those at risk of redundancy will benefit from additional assistance to move into work or retrain.

The package of support, outlined by Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop, is backed by £100 million for 2020/21, with at least £50 million of that funding set aside to help young people get into work.

This £100 million is in addit...

July 16, 2020

Final preparations are being made to deliver the £18 million plan for a comprehensive flood protection scheme for the Upper Garnock Valley, of which 80%, £14.4 million, will be funded by the SNP Government.

North Ayrshire Council will fund the remaining £3.6 million.

The main construction contract has been awarded to McLaughlin and Harve...

July 13, 2020

A comprehensive package of support for innovative early stage businesses whose routes to investment and growth have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) has been announced by Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP.

The £38 million package, managed by Scottish Enterprise, includes three levels of support to meet the needs of the most promising busi...

July 6, 2020

A group of industry experts have submitted an action plan to limit unemployment caused by the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The report from a sub-group of the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board, with representatives from business and Scotland’s skills agencies, was commissioned by the Scottish Government in May.

Their recommendati...

May 29, 2020

The gender employment gap, which measures the difference between the employment rates for men and women, has narrowed from 8.2 percentage points in 2009 to 6.3 percentage points last year. 

The disability employment gap, which is the difference between the employment rates of disabled people and non-disabled people, was 32.6 percentage points – a...

March 25, 2020

A free-to-use jobs portal has been launched to help hospitality and tourism workers displaced by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Supported by the Scottish Tourism Alliance and UK Hospitality, it is designed to help displaced workers find at least temporary employment. Hospitality workforce platform Harri has created the HospitalityUnite jobs h...

February 28, 2020

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP emphasised the importance of research and innovation as she opened a major new manufacturing facility in Prestwick.

Spirit AeroSystems will produce spoiler wing components for Airbus’ A320 aircraft using leading edge automation technology, creating more than 100 jobs and helping to secure the long-term future of...

December 31, 2019

New figures from the Annual Population Survey show that 336,000 young people aged 16-24 years were in employment in Scotland in October 2018 to September 2019.

The employment rate for young people was 59% higher than a year ago (57.9%).

In the same period, 34,000 young people aged 16-24 years were unemployed. The unemployment rate for young people...

October 7, 2019

New staff members have been recruited at Ferguson Marine shipyard, as the SNP Government progresses with work at the site.

On Monday, 07 October, Economy Secretary Derek Mackay MSP met with some of the 17 new recruits who have already started and announced that an additional 10 vacancies are currently being advertised.

In addition, 14 apprentices...

April 26, 2019

On Wednesday Kenneth ask the Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans, Graeme Dey MSP, what impact Brexit is anticipated to have on the supply of skilled labour, whether EU workers will be disproportionately affected, which sectors are most likely to be adversely affected, and what the resulting effect will be on economic growth. 

Mr De...

Please reload

Contact Kenneth:
  • Facebook Social Icon