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Meeting of the Parliament 19 January 2017 [Draft] : 19 January 2017 View PDF version
Jamie Hepburn

I was planning to come to that issue a little later, but I will come to it now. The decision to close particular jobcentres in Glasgow seems to be driven by the f...

Meeting of the Parliament 19 January 2017 [Draft] : 19 January 2017 View PDF version
The Minister for Employability and Training (Jamie Hepburn)

I join others in thanking Bob Doris for bringing this debate to the chamber. I also thank the members who have contributed to the debate and those who have stayed behind to watch it. ...

Meeting of the Parliament 19 January 2017 [Draft] : 19 January 2017 View PDF version
Jamie Hepburn

Annie Wells failed to mention the fact that Scotland continues to outperform the United Kingdom on youth employment, unemployment and inactivity rates. She also f...

Meeting of the Parliament 19 January 2017 [Draft] : 19 January 2017 View PDF version
The Minister for Employability and Training (Jamie Hepburn)

In December 2016, I published the second “Developing the Young Workforce: Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy” annual report, which highlighted the progress that we are making towards the p...

Meeting of the Parliament 18 January 2017 [Draft] : 18 January 2017 View PDF version
The Minister for Employability and Training (Jamie Hepburn)

I thank Richard Leonard for bringing the debate to the Parliament. I admit that I was a little surprised to learn that it is his first members’ business debate, g...

Meeting of the Parliament 18 January 2017 [Draft] : 18 January 2017 View PDF version
Jamie Hepburn

I urge Mr Johnson to look a bit more closely at the budget. In the budget, we have said that that is a demand-led element and that we will meet every single requi...

Meeting of the Parliament 18 January 2017 [Draft] : 18 January 2017 View PDF version
Jamie Hepburn

That is, of course, a very important area for us as an Administration. We know that, in the future, that type of area will be increasingly important for our econo...

Meeting of the Parliament 18 January 2017 [Draft] : 18 January 2017 View PDF version
Jamie Hepburn

I will pick up on Ms Hamilton’s last point. She will be aware that the United Kingdom Government—her political party’s Government—introduced the apprenticeship le...

Meeting of the Parliament 18 January 2017 [Draft] : 18 January 2017 View PDF version
The Minister for Employability and Training (Jamie Hepburn)

Scotland’s labour market strategy recognises that a skilled workforce will be a key component of a more successful and inclusive...

Meeting of the Parliament 10 January 2017 [Draft] : 10 January 2017 View PDF version
Jamie Hepburn

I caution against talking about obsolescence at this stage, but I recognise the point that Mr Johnson makes. I refer back to the labour market strategy, in which we specifically recognise th...

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