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S5W-11212: Jamie Halcro Johnston (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 13 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has spent per capita on Employability Fund placements in each of the last five years, and what the uptake has been.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 28 September 2017

The Scottish Government allocates funding to Skills Development Scotland on an annual basis for delivery of training programmes and other activities, including the Employability Fund. In the Budget Bill 2017-18 Skills Development Scotland was allocated Grant in Aid of £179.1 million which will be used to meet its commitments in 2017-18 including the delivery of 9,000 Employability Fund training places.

It is difficult to aggregate a total overall breakdown of spend on Employability Fund since its introduction as liabilities are carried forward from one year to the next and that spend has been split across both Skills Development Scotland and the college sector

Since the launch of the Employability Fund in 2013 until the end of the last contracted year, March 2017, there have been over 63,000 training places delivered.