Jamie Hepburn MSP
Written 14 posts
Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills
3rd April 2019
One year ago today we launched Scotland’s first, fully devolved employment support service – Fair Start Scotland (FSS). Delivering a fairer, prosperous economy – with a more inclusive workforce – is a priority for the Scottish Government. To achieve this, we aim to deliver a fairer labour market and to continue to enhance the skills…
3rd March 2019
From Monday 4th to Friday 8th, employers, apprentices, and training providers across Scotland will come together for Scottish Apprenticeship Week to celebrate and showcase the contribution that work-based learning offers to individuals, employers and the economy. Now in its ninth year, Scottish Apprenticeship Week is an annual campaign co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland which includes…
18th January 2019
Delivering a fairer, prosperous economy is a priority for the Scottish Government. And I know that it is a priority for businesses too. To achieve this, we want a fairer labour market and to continue to enhance the skills of our workforce. This year will see us bringing forward a range of measures designed to…
11th November 2018
This week we have been celebrating Living Wage Week 2018. As Minister with responsibility for Fair Work and Business, I have spent the week visiting living wage employees and meeting people who are being paid the living wage rate. I was delighted to welcome the news that rate of the real Living Wage will increase to…
14th August 2018
These are welcome figures. Scotland’s economy and jobs market remains strong despite the continued challenges facing our economy as a result of Brexit uncertainty. Scotland’s employment rate has increased over the quarter, with 2,642,000 people now in work in Scotland. Our unemployment rate fell over the quarter to 4.2%. On female and youth employment, we…
8th August 2018
One of the Scottish Government’s overriding commitments is to deliver dignity and respect for those people who face barriers to employment. Since responsibility for employability services was devolved, the Scottish Government has taken a different approach to the UK Government. We have listened to those who use our employability services and designed a system which…
17th July 2018
Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills Jamie Hepburn has blogged on labour market statistics released by the ONS for March to May 2018.
23rd April 2018
Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn discusses Scottish Government efforts to give everyone access to quality education, training and support into employment.
4th April 2017
Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn discusses Scotland’s new and different approach to helping people with health conditions and disabilities into work.
6th February 2017
Last month I spent time in Brussels to talk about the challenges and solutions of employability across the EU and how the Scottish Government might continue to contribute. We discussed employment support services for disabled people and the long-term unemployed and the new, fairer approach we will be taking.