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S5W-06650: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 27 January 2017

To ask the government how it will alleviate the reported shortfall in employment in the road haulage industry in (a) the short-term to attract aspiring drivers and (b) the long-term to address issues such as training, insurance and the impact of Brexit on the industry.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 10 February 2017

The Scottish Government remains committed to protecting, as far as possible, Scotland's interests following Brexit.

We continue to work in partnership with freight industry stakeholders through the Scottish Freight and Logistics Advisory Group.

In the longer term, and in recognition of the importance of the haulage industry to the Scottish economy, Skills Development Scotland commissioned work to gather evidence on the shortage of drivers within the sector and to put in place a plan of action to address it. The road haulage industry is on the steering group for this piece of work.

Support is available, to those oil and gas workers faced with redundancy, to help them transition to other roles or sectors, through the £12 million Transition Training Fund, which is nearing the end of its first year in a three year programme, Today we have also seen announced a successful second procurement round commissioned by the fund, which is looking to support 250 employment opportunities within the road haulage sector, amongst other successful tenders.

Scottish Government support, for both employers and people looking to work in the industry, is provided by Skills Development Scotland. Funding for Modern Apprenticeship training in Freight Logistics and Driving Goods Vehicles is available.