Jamie Hepburn MSP

Jamie Hepburn MSP

Written 14 posts

Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills

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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Delivering effective employment support

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…

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Labour Market Statistics: March – May 2018

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.

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Progress on fair work

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.

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Taking a fairer approach to employability

4th April 2017

Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn discusses Scotland’s new and different approach to helping people with health conditions and disabilities into work.

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Employability discussions in Brussels

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.

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