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S5W-07258: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 16 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government when the annual target for Employability Fund starts was reduced, and for what reason.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 9 March 2017

Since its launch in 2013 we have supported more than 59,000 training places through the Employability Fund, giving unemployed individuals the support they need to move towards and into work. This of course sits alongside our wider package of employability support such as Community Jobs Scotland, Scotland’s Employer Recruitment Incentive and Modern Apprenticeships.

The UK government spending review of November 2015 was hugely challenging to the devolved Scottish budgets, including employability. Despite the severe restrictions imposed we were able to commit to supporting a further 11,650 Employability Fund training opportunities in 2016-17.