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Motion ref. S6M-00382

Mitigating, Tackling and Responding to the Skills Impact of Brexit

Submitted by: Richard Lochhead, Moray, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Monday, June 14, 2021

Supported by: Tom Arthur, Kate Forbes, Clare Haughey, Jamie Hepburn, Ivan McKee, Shirley-Anne Somerville
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Motions as amended

That the Parliament agrees that a skilled and productive workforce is vital to addressing labour market inequalities, creating fairer workplaces and delivering an inclusive, green recovery; recognises that employers in sectors disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are now reporting skills shortages as a result of the ending of free movement, and that colleges and universities share concern over the impact of Brexit on staff and student mobility; agrees that delivering a skilled and sustainable workforce will require action and collaboration from both the Scottish and UK governments, along with employers and key partners; welcomes the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to upskilling and retraining, including through the extension of the National Transition Training Fund to 2021-22 and commitment to invest an additional £500 million over the current parliamentary session to support new jobs and reskill people for the future; notes the disappointingly low uptake of the National Transition Training Fund to date and believes that upskilling and reskilling Scotland will require more ambitious interventions; acknowledges that the Scottish Government must do more to enhance the standard of living in Scotland, work with the UK Government to support flexible visa schemes and build on previous initiatives, such as ‘Fresh Talent’, in order to effectively address the skills shortages within key sectors of the economy and make Scotland an attractive location to live, work, study and do business; recognises the need for an effective industrial strategy, and calls on the Scottish Government to develop such a strategy to prevent the loss of skilled jobs, promote upskilling in the workplace and promote the extension of trade union recognition to prevent exploitation of migrant labour and secure future fiscal sustainability.


Vote

Result 91 for, 29 against, 1 abstained, 8 no vote Vote Passed

Scottish National Party  61 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 3 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Labour  20 for, 0 against, 1 abstained, 1 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party  0 for, 29 against, 0 abstained, 2 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Liberal Democrats  4 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 0 no vote Read more Read less

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Scottish Green Party  6 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 1 no vote Read more Read less

No Party Affiliation  0 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 1 no vote Read more Read less

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Original motion text

That the Parliament agrees that a skilled and productive workforce is vital to addressing labour market inequalities, creating fairer workplaces and delivering an inclusive, green recovery; recognises that employers in sectors disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are now reporting skills shortages as a result of the ending of free movement, and that colleges and universities share concern over the impact of Brexit on staff and student mobility; agrees that delivering a skilled and sustainable workforce will require action and collaboration from both the Scottish and UK governments, along with employers and key partners, and welcomes the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to upskilling and retraining, including through the extension of the National Transition Training Fund to 2021-22 and commitment to invest an additional £500 million over the current parliamentary session to support new jobs and reskill people for the future.


Accepted amendments

Motion ref. S6M-00382.3

Mitigating, Tackling and Responding to the Skills Impact of Brexit - Amendment

Submitted by: Paul Sweeney, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date lodged: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Result 93 for, 29 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote Vote Passed


Defeated amendments

Motion ref. S6M-00382.1

Mitigating, Tackling and Responding to the Skills Impact of Brexit - Amendment

Submitted by: Oliver Mundell, Dumfriesshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date lodged: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Result 29 for, 73 against, 21 abstained, 6 no vote Vote Defeated


Amendments that have not been voted on

Motion ref. S6M-00382.2

Mitigating, Tackling and Responding to the Skills Impact of Brexit - Amendment

Submitted by: Ross Greer, West Scotland, Scottish Green Party, Date lodged: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, June 16, 2021