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Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Chic Brodie (South Scotland) (SNP)

I welcome the debate. I am sure that not one among us would demur from the intent and motivation behind the motion. Members might wish to amend it, but no one would disagree with its intent.

As has been mentioned, the young are critical in the context of supporting our national economic strategy and vision. Before I focus on modern apprenticeships and the associated training provision, I will comment on three particular areas. The first is mentioned but briefly in the Wood commission’s final report. An initial paragraph in the report mentions making

“recommendations towards Scotland producing better qualified, work ready and motivated young people ... both as employees and”—

here is the focal point—

“entrepreneurs of the future.”

Entrepreneurial education, which is not widely mentioned in the report, is as important for young people as any other education is if we are to unleash their manifest creativity.

Secondly, I agree with Mary Scanlon that, if we are to be successful, we have to eschew the notion—I believe that the report does this partially—that there is some hierarchy of contribution and that we have been somehow seduced into the Blairite belief that everyone should aim for a university degree. Imagine a world full of academics, lawyers and business experts but too few others to build, maintain and support our infrastructure.

Thirdly, we need to ensure that young trainees in whatever form embrace the fact that we face huge international competition. The success of our economic strategy depends on the alignment of the training and skills development of our young people, their creativity and their work ethic. Those things are important if we are to meet the aims in the national strategy and meet the international challenges.

The key component that underpins that is the foundation of modern apprenticeships, which are the keystone of our economic success. In the energy sector alone, modern apprenticeships are a keystone in the expansion of opportunity and reach for the sector. Because of demographics and growth opportunities—I will return to growth—30,000 engineers will be needed over the next seven to eight years, yet we exclude half our young from that, because we exclude young women from being attracted to the sector, primarily because of the culture and the perceptions of parents and teachers. Recommendation 30 of the report rightly calls for SDS to develop an action plan to address gender inequalities and disparities in modern apprenticeships, whatever the sector, and so we should.

On the success of modern apprenticeship programmes, although there is an emphasis on increased college participation, it is important to acknowledge the increasing role of quality training from training providers and to simplify and accelerate the processes between SDS and those providers to progress the intake and development of modern apprentices.

Recommendation 10 of the report addresses the need for greater employment engagement and the need to offer significantly more high-quality apprenticeships and so expand the number of modern apprenticeship starts. The cabinet secretary referred to the target of 30,000 modern apprenticeships a year by 2020. That could be met not necessarily with much greater funding but with a more ready and faster cycle of funding by employers and the Government skills agency.

We have to beget a critical progression to higher levels of training, which are as important in the construction and food and drink sectors as they are in engineering and other sectors. The bar for higher-level skills in the workplace has to be raised so that progress through the ranks from a trade apprenticeship to being a professional engineer, chef and so on is suitably determined. I support the report’s view that there should be an increased focus on modern apprenticeships at level 3 and above as we seek to create a market pool for a higher-skilled, higher-waged and revenue-generating economy.

There has always been a continuum at the heart of the apprenticeship system as skills are handed from one generation to another. If that is put together with clear development and a simplified training and funding structure that involves greater employer engagement, we can meet the skills challenge and make Scotland a truly global player.

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Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Chic Brodie

With the increased powers that the Smith commission proposed, and with the inevitable further powers on revenue and expenditure functions, such as all welfare benefits powers and total powers on tax administration and collection, on borrowing and on financial policy, does the cabinet secretary agree that a fully fledged Scottish exchequer will be necessary to apply macrofinancial policies in preparation for the independence that will come?



Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
18. Chic Brodie (South Scotland) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that it should establish a Scottish exchequer to accommodate further tax and spending powers going forward. (S4O-03838)



Education and Culture Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Chic Brodie

We in what was the Subordinate Legislation Committee—now the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee—have railed long and hard about the various errors that crop up in the production of subordinate legislation. That is really a matter for the DPLR Committee, but a fairly strong message was sent from the committee when I was on it to encourage those who draft legislation or amendments to legislation to do so accurately, so that those who are impacted, such as teachers with respect to their pension arrangements, do not have to go through the hiccup of having to consider redrafted orders and so on.



Education and Culture Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Chic Brodie

Okay. That is clear. Thank you.



Education and Culture Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Chic Brodie

According to the bill, the authority plan is

“to set out measures to be taken by the listed authority”.

Earlier, I asked about measurable outcomes. I am confused. We are asking the authority plan to list measures that the authority has to take—that is, measurable outcomes—but you said that there are none, per se. However, you are asking that the authority plans encompass measures.



Education and Culture Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Chic Brodie

Have you gone to those Governments and asked about the cost of setting that up?



Education and Culture Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Chic Brodie

I understand the difficulties in coming up with financial figures. Have you been informed by what has happened internationally? What evidence have you taken? I know that there are currency and inflation issues and organisational issues. Has there been any contact with other countries about what they have done to implement such plans, at least to inform you about the financial circumstances that you face?



Education and Culture Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Chic Brodie

I meant to say at the beginning that I congratulate you on pursuing the bill.

Returning to the issue of the level playing field and encouraging local authorities, Ms Scanlon asked you about specific improvements and outcomes. Should the public authorities that you seek to encourage to use BSL provide measurable outcomes?



Education and Culture Committee 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Chic Brodie

Good morning. The bill intends to promote use of BSL. I think that it is recognised that the approach taken in the bill will not by itself close any service gaps. Ms Scanlon mentioned improvements and outcomes. Why does the bill not attempt to close current service gaps so that there is a level playing field for all those who would benefit from others using BSL?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

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

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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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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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

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Motion S4M-10721: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10603: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10352: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09044: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09041: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09035.1: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08959: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08543: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08536: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03838: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03782: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03728: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23042: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03698: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03565: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03401: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03334: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03283: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/05/2014 Show Full Question >>

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