Jamie Hepburn MSP

Jamie Hepburn MSP

Written 19 posts

Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills

Investing in Scotland’s future skills – Business Minister Jamie Hepburn

10th September 2019

Today I was delighted to visit Whitespace in Edinburgh and learn about their innovative approach within the creative industry sector and their commitment to upskilling and training their workforce. Their investment in their employees is evident in the quality of their work and the culture of their business. This type of business is central to…

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Strong and inclusive labour market

13th August 2019

Commenting on the latest ONS labour market statistics update, which cover April 2019 to June 2019, Business Minister Jamie Hepburn said: “These latest results show that Scotland is seeing the benefits of our Labour Market Strategy – driving inclusive and sustainable economic growth through delivering fair and good quality work across our society. “Scotland’s employment…

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Celebrating Skills for Life

6th August 2019

A skilled workforce is the backbone of a strong economy, and Scotland’s economy has gone from strength to strength, despite the shadow of uncertainty cast by Brexit. Our unemployment rate is at a record low, while growth in economic output and exports remain strong. To continue to deliver a workforce that is empowered and confident…

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Year three for Flexible Workforce Development Fund

17th July 2019

As a Government we are working hard to ensure our economy, employers and employees are fit and ready to respond to the changing needs of business and emerging economic demands. We are committed to creating a more successful country and opportunities for people living in Scotland whilst creating sustainable and inclusive growth.  I am delighted…

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Consumer Scotland Bill

7th June 2019

Like everyone else, I spend money on buying things and I get frustrated when I feel the service or quality falls below the standard I expected. As the Minister responsible for consumer policy, I recognise this can have consequences for whole groups of people and negatively impact individual lives in serious and long-lasting ways. The…

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The anniversary of a fairer way to find work

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…

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Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2019: Skills for the Future

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…

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A Fairer Economy: Enabling Scotland’s skills for the future

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…

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Living Wage Week

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…

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Labour Market Statistics: April to June 2018

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…

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