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Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Christian Allard (North East Scotland) (SNP)

I am delighted to join other members in congratulating the Scottish Government on its ambition for our young people. The Government’s strategy is built on a strong base to develop a new approach to vocational education and training and to youth employment that will make us one of the best-performing countries in Europe.

I congratulate the cabinet secretary on endorsing and sharing the ambitions that are set out in the report by the commission for developing Scotland’s young workforce, and I welcome the Government’s implementation plan, which was developed in partnership with local government and many other partners. It is a plan for reducing youth unemployment, a plan for a fairer Scotland for our young people and a plan for all.

Sir Ian Wood welcomed the plan in June and said:

“The reforms which have already taken place in schools and colleges as well as the growth in the number of Modern Apprenticeships provide a strong platform for change.”

As Liam McArthur said, the Wood report has sent a strong message to all businesses in every sector that it is time for them to participate in the formation and education of our young people. The response has been very good so far, and I can testify that many businesses in the north-east have decided to get involved.

Why is it important for our entrepreneurs to have a voice in Scotland’s youth employment strategy? It is because they know the skills that are needed for today’s and tomorrow’s economies. However, it is not enough to recognise and facilitate businesses’ input; the employment strategy has to be regionalised and relevant to every sector.

To support the north-east and Scotland’s energy sector, energy skills Scotland has brought together employers and education in collaboration to meet the skills demands of the industry and to enhance the skills and prospects of energy workers. Energy skills Scotland is a Scottish Government and industry initiative, and those bodies are working together in partnership with the world of education and local authorities. I saw the initiative working in the classroom and I can report that an energy course is available to all children. I invite the cabinet secretary to come to the north-east and experience what that course has to offer.

I recommend to the Parliament the your future in energy programme, which is embedded in the curriculum for excellence. The programme is supported by the Scottish Government, ESS, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and many headteachers in the north-east. The study programme includes courses to help our young people to develop the skills that they require to consider a career in the energy sector.

Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce has recently undertaken valued and significant work on youth employment. I thank Rachel Elliott for the comprehensive briefing that we received prior to the debate. It is good that we have different organisations working in the north-east to address the problem. The fact that Sir Ian Wood comes from the north-east helps to generate that energy.

The Government’s plan builds on Sir Ian Wood’s recommendations and encourages and supports more employers to recruit more young people. For young people who live in the most deprived and rural areas, having equal access to employment opportunities is important. However, acquiring particular skills makes sense only if there is employment locally for young people to use those skills.

I am particularly encouraged by the Government’s strategy on advancing equalities in education and youth employment, which recognises that diversity in the workplace is key to addressing the wider inequalities in Scotland. That makes sense.

It is important to evaluate our success on the number of people gaining employment; indeed, that is a lot more important than evaluating the number of young people acquiring skills that they will never use. Page 14 of “Developing the Young Workforce: Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy”, under the section on “Measures”, says that key performance indicator 10 is to

“Increase the employment rate for young disabled people to the population average by 2021.”

That is a fantastic ambition.

The Government has a plan and a vision on how best to respond to economic and labour market needs. I share its ambition for our young people. Today, record numbers of young people are going into education, work or training. Under this Government, vocational education is given the same prominence and stature as academic education. Let us work together to support and empower our young people to make positive choices.

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Justice Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Christian Allard

Thank you.



Justice Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Christian Allard

Apart from the fact that we will not be OPCAT compliant—



Justice Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Christian Allard

I will ask about our next steps today. As John Finnie said, we have been talking about the matter for a long time. Professor Coyle told the committee that he was not sure that we should sign off the order, whereas Dr McManus said, “Let’s get this going.” One implication of our recommending approval of the order is that we will be OPCAT compliant. What would be the implications for prison visiting in Scotland of the order not being recommended for approval today?



Justice Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Christian Allard

What scope is there to have a Scottish commissioner?



Justice Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Christian Allard

I am seeking reassurance that Scottish vessels will not be boarded more than foreign vessels will be. There are vessels from different countries in our waters and we want to ensure that the powers are appropriate.



Justice Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Christian Allard

What will change for the investigation of ships and vessels? What can Police Scotland do today and what will change?



Justice Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Christian Allard

Have you written to the DWP to try to get it to make the benefits that it provides subject to the same assessments?



Justice Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Christian Allard

Those changes are very welcome. Are the assessments already being made before the women are released?



Justice Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Christian Allard

Gil Paterson talked about housing and the provision of accommodation. I am reassured by what the cabinet secretary has said about the possibility that someone who is in prison for a short period will be able to keep their tenancy. What about women who are looking for social security benefits? Have you spoken with the United Kingdom Government to see whether, instead of prisoners’ benefits being stopped, they could be merely interrupted so that prisoners could know in advance of their release that they would not need to reapply and that their benefits would start again automatically on their release?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11901.3 Neil Findlay: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11901.1 Mary Scanlon: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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NoDefeated

S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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YesCarried

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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S4M-11825.3 Claire Baker: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825.2 Jamie McGrigor: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the
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S4M-11825.1 Tavish Scott: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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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

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Motion S4M-11753: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11693: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11692: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11019: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10952: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10900: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03809: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03725: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03609: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03544: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03489: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03193: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03037: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/03/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02997: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/03/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02980: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/02/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02941: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/02/2014 Show Full Question >>

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