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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13403: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland will have a workplace nursery.

Answered by: Keith Brown 9 January 2018

The National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS) will be an industry-led centre of manufacturing expertise where research, industry and the public sector work together to transform skills, productivity and innovation.

Following the announcement on 11 December 2017 that the Institute will be hosted by the University of Strathclyde at Inchinnan, the Scottish Government is working with the University, Renfrewshire Council, our enterprise agencies, Skills Development Scotland and other partners to take forward the detailed planning and delivery of NMIS and associated Manufacturing Innovation District to meet industry needs. This will include consideration of childcare issues and skills development and employment opportunities for groups such as young parents and women returners. Connectivity and public transport issues will also be considered to ensure that NMIS and the Manufacturing Innovation District are accessible to businesses and people from across Scotland.