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Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : 10 December 2014
Annabelle Ewing

I thank the member for her interest in the subject. I am delighted with the increase in the number of modern apprenticeship starts in Dumfries and Galloway since 2007. We will of course seek to build on that with a wider expansion of the modern apprenticeship programme, as we work towards our new ambitious target of 30,000 new opportunities each year by 2020.

Through the development of skills investment plans and wider industry engagement, we are identifying opportunities to promote the benefits of apprenticeships to businesses big and small across Scotland.

As recommended by the commission for developing Scotland’s young workforce, we are working to better understand the barriers that are faced by small and medium-sized enterprises when taking on modern apprentices. We will look to develop appropriate support to help those businesses throughout Scotland.

Details of our plans will be included in the implementation plan, which we look forward to debating next week.



Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : 10 December 2014
The Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment (Annabelle Ewing)

In response to the economic downturn that followed the 2008 global financial crisis, the Scottish Government acted quickly in partnership with local authorities to establish the youth employment Scotland fund, which offers recruitment incentives to help micro, small and medium-sized businesses employ young people.

Given the improving labour market conditions, we will be reviewing that fund and other recruitment incentives. The review will form part of our refresh of the youth employment strategy and will be in the context of our work to implement the recommendations of the commission for developing Scotland’s young workforce’s report, “Education Working For All!”

I look forward to hearing members’ contributions to the debate on our implementation plan, which will, as the cabinet secretary indicated, take place next week.



Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : 10 December 2014
Annabelle Ewing

There are indeed a number of strategies, but surely we are all determined that our young people should have opportunities in life. The modern apprenticeship programme is indeed exceeding its ambitious target of creating 25,000 apprenticeships a year, rising to 30,000 by 2020.

It is also fair to reflect that the unemployment trend in Scotland is at its lowest for five years. That is evidence of the direction of travel that our policies are ensuring in Scotland. We all have a duty to our young people to do all that we can to maximise their opportunities. In my new portfolio, I hope to work with people across the chamber to ensure that that objective is met.



Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : 10 December 2014
Annabelle Ewing

Opportunities for all is the Government’s explicit commitment to offering a place in learning or training to every 16 to 19-year-old who is not in employment, education or training. Through local youth employment activity plans, Skills Development Scotland is working with local partners across Fife and Scotland to make sure that training provision is closely aligned to the needs of young people in each local authority area. In that way, we ensure access for all regardless of social background.

Furthermore, a refresh of the youth employment strategy will be published this month and will focus on the long-term aim of implementing the recommendations of the commission for developing Scotland’s young workforce. In the context of improving labour market conditions, there will be a refocus of current programmes to incentivise the recruitment of young people who face barriers. We will support small businesses to offer modern apprenticeship opportunities and there will also be a focus on encouraging businesses to offer more higher-level modern apprenticeships.



Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : 10 December 2014
The Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment (Annabelle Ewing)

The number of young people unemployed in Scotland is at its lowest level for five years, with Scotland outperforming the United Kingdom on both youth employment and youth inactivity rates.

In each year of the current parliamentary session, the Government has asked Skills Development Scotland to deliver 25,000 modern apprenticeships, increasing year on year to 30,000 by 2020, and 17,150 pre-employment training places through the employability fund. The majority of starts on those programmes continue to be firmly targeted at young people. In addition, we have established the youth employment Scotland fund, which supports employers to recruit young people, and community jobs Scotland, which provides job training opportunities for young people in a supportive third sector environment. Such interventions continue to enhance the skills of our young people and support transitions to further study, training and employment.



Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : 10 December 2014
Annabelle Ewing

I agree that investing in our young workforce is essential for sustainable economic growth across all sectors of the economy. It is clear to me that employers have a crucial role to play in the development of young people. Diageo is a shining example of a business that recognises that tapping into the talents of a young and diverse workforce not only is the right thing to do but makes economic sense for employers and for Scotland. Diageo’s commitment to youth employment was recognised recently when the company was among the first in Scotland to gain the new investors in young people award, which is an accolade that the Scottish Government supports for businesses that have a strong track record of recruiting and developing Scotland’s young women and men.

The rolling out of an accolade that recognises firms that have taken a particular interest in supporting our young people was a key recommendation of the commission for developing Scotland’s young workforce. The investors in young people award is available only in Scotland and is another example of how the Scottish Government and Scottish employers are committed to supporting our young men and women into employment and to growing their talent.



Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : 10 December 2014
The Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment (Annabelle Ewing)

The Office for National Statistics advises that the sample size in the annual population survey for the past two years is too small to obtain a statistically reliable indication of recent youth employment trends in the Edinburgh Western constituency. However, I can say to the member that youth unemployment in Scotland is at its lowest rate for five years and that, in comparison with the United Kingdom, we have a higher youth employment rate and a lower youth inactivity rate.



Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : 19 November 2014
Annabelle Ewing

What reassurances can the cabinet secretary give that the front-line NHS budget will continue to be protected to ensure that the improvements that are being made by NHS Fife can continue to be delivered?



Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : 19 November 2014
9. Annabelle Ewing (Mid Scotland and Fife) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what impact the introduction of the mandatory workforce and workload planning tool for nursing has had on the number of nurses in NHS Fife. (S4O-03709)



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : 18 November 2014
Annabelle Ewing

That is very helpful technical information. Can the minister keep us updated on how those discussions progress?

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S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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YesCarried

Amendment 6 moved by Dr Richard Simpson on motion S4M-11826 Maureen Watt: Food (Scotland) Bill—That
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NoDefeated

S4M-11825.3 Claire Baker: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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NoDefeated

S4M-11825.2 Jamie McGrigor: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the
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NoDefeated

S4M-11825.1 Tavish Scott: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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NoDefeated

S4M-11825 Richard Lochhead: End of Year Fish Negotiations—That the Parliament welcomes the successfu
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YesCarried

S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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YesCarried

S4M-11763 Mary Fee: Private Sector Rent Reform—That the Parliament notes that, over the last 10 year
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YesCarried

S4M-11766.3 Shona Robison: The State of the NHS—As an amendment to motion S4M-11766 in the name of N
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YesCarried

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Motion S4M-11565: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11294: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11292: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11291: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11187: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10942: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10709: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10694: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10672: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10307.1: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03747: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03709: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22948: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22797: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4T-00804: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03545: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03477: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03417: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02203: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03356: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/06/2014 Show Full Question >>

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