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S5W-21068: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the comment by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work on 15 January 2019 (Official Report, c. 66), how many of the 3,600 people who have been supported through the Transition Training Fund have gone on to full-time employment

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 31 January 2019

As of Sunday 20 January, the latest figures show that 3748 people have had applications approved. By 11 November 2018 the customer survey carried out by SDS showed that there were approximately 3,070 customers who had their applications approved at least 6 months before. Within this number, SDS were able to contact 1,281 individuals of which 1,204 agreed to take part in the survey.

The survey found that of the 1204, 68% are reporting that they are in employment. SDS capture the employment status that best describes the individuals circumstances and reflects the sector of employees and contractors therefore the employment status may be temporary / permanent / directly employed or contracting. Whilst data on individuals who are in full time employment is held by SDS, this data would not include those individuals engaged in temp, contracting or who are self-employed.’

In terms of the Customer Survey Timescales, SDS have advised that customers are contacted 6 months after their application was approved because:

  • the majority of training is not completed until at least 4 months following application approval.
  • SDS want to allow customers sufficient time to search and apply for jobs once their training is completed

SDS have confirmed that there are attempts to contact everyone 3 times, 6 months post application approval.

Source: SDS