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S5W-00164: Ross Thomson (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 20 May 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many people had received assistance from the Transition Training Fund by the end of 2015-16 and how many have received assistance since 1 April 2016.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 3 June 2016

The Transition Training Fund was announced by the First Minister on 1 February 2016. Since the fund was announced, 412 individuals have been engaging with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and received assistance regarding access to the fund, with 91 individuals receiving offers of financial support for training courses from this group, thus far. Assistance involves a direct discussion with a careers adviser about their career and training needs, and how the fund can help applicants into employment.

SDS remains fully engaged with those individuals who have registered an interest in the fund, with SDS advisors continuing to provide tailored advice and support whilst their fund application process is on-going. The SDS website to register interest in the individual training support went live on 3 May 2016 and a targeted marketing campaign to further highlight and raise awareness of the fund is expected to result in a significant uptake of support.

In addition to providing support for individuals, the Transition Training Fund also offers procured training and support for transition to teacher training.