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Meeting of the Parliament 08 September 2016 [Draft] : 08 September 2016 View PDF version
Jamie Hepburn

That general message is applicable to all members of the Scottish Parliament, Presiding Officer, and not necessarily just Mr Finnie. However, thank you for highli...

Meeting of the Parliament 08 September 2016 [Draft] : 08 September 2016 View PDF version
The Minister for Employability and Training (Jamie Hepburn)

I join other members in thanking James Dornan for securing the debate, and I thank those members who have contributed to it.

Meeting of the Parliament 08 September 2016 [Draft] : 08 September 2016 View PDF version
The Minister for Employability and Training (Jamie Hepburn)

In commenting on the resource of the Poverty Alliance, I am sure that the member will want to reflect on the fact that the Scottish Government provides resource t...

Meeting of the Parliament 07 September 2016 [Draft] : 07 September 2016 View PDF version
Jamie Hepburn

I agree absolutely on the latter point. By driving forward this entire agenda, we are trying to achieve a culture shift in the education sector that allows for greater engagement, in an appr...

Meeting of the Parliament 07 September 2016 [Draft] : 07 September 2016 View PDF version
The Minister for Employability and Training (Jamie Hepburn)

In taking forward the developing the young workforce agenda, we are growing vocational provision for young people in the senior phase, including a significant expansion of modern and foundat...

Meeting of the Parliament 07 September 2016 [Draft] : 07 September 2016 View PDF version
Jamie Hepburn

I spent my summer engaging with a range of organisations, including private sector employers, local government and others, on how we respond to the introduction o...

Meeting of the Parliament 07 September 2016 [Draft] : 07 September 2016 View PDF version
Jamie Hepburn

I certainly accept that the levy has been an issue for business and employers. I hope that Mr Macdonald recognises that the impl...

Meeting of the Parliament 07 September 2016 [Draft] : 07 September 2016 View PDF version
The Minister for Employability and Training (Jamie Hepburn)

Since the announcement of the apprenticeship levy by the United Kingdom Government, the Scottish Government has been working with employers to develop a response that will support skills dev...

Meeting of the Parliament 07 September 2016 [Draft] : 07 September 2016 View PDF version
Jamie Hepburn

That is a reasonable question. We have seen improvements in the gender pay gap in Scotland, although I readily concede that they have not gone far enough. Through the labour market strategy,...

Meeting of the Parliament 07 September 2016 [Draft] : 07 September 2016 View PDF version
The Minister for Employability and Training (Jamie Hepburn)

The Scottish Government shares the vision that the fair work convention set out in its framework. Through the labour market strategy, we have been clear in our endorsement of the framework a...

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