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Flexible Workforce Development Fund case study – Liberty Steel

20th February 2019

New College Lanarkshire is working with Liberty Steel to deliver training funded by the Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) to workers keeping steel manufacturing at the heart of Scottish industry. The multinational company has a large manufacturing plant in Dalzell, located around a mile from the College’s Motherwell Campus in Ravenscraig.  The Dalzell site, which…

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Unemployment in Scotland falls to lowest ever rate on record

19th February 2019

Commenting on this month’s labour market statistics update, released by the ONS for October to December 2018, Business Minister Jamie Hepburn said: “Despite the huge and continued challenges of Brexit, the Scottish economy and jobs market continues to strengthen. “Scotland’s employment rate rose to 75.5%, close to the highest on record. The unemployment rate fell…

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Unemployment below 100,000 for the first time on record

22nd January 2019

This month’s labour market statistics, released by the ONS for September to November 2018, show unemployment fell below 100,000 in Scotland for the first time on record. Business Minister Jamie Hepburn said: “Despite the huge and continued challenges of Brexit, the Scottish economy remains resilient and our jobs market is strengthening.    “Scotland’s unemployment rate reached…

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EU taking more than half of Scotland’s exports

6th December 2018

The publication of HMRC’s Regional Trade Statistics this morning shows the importance of the EU market to Scotland. Speaking from Hamburg, where he is discussing further growth in Scotland’s trade with Europe, Trade Minister Ivan McKee, said: “These are very encouraging figures. The value of Scotland’s annual goods exports increased by 6 per cent to…

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New approach to employability services

5th December 2018

A new partnership approach to develop employability support which is more flexible, joined-up and responsive to the needs of people who are looking to find work, and to stay in work, has been launched. Working with local authorities, the joined up approach follows the publication of a review of employability services, No One Left Behind:…

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Joint statement by the Scottish Government and STUC on the UK Government’s budget

31st October 2018

Following a bi-annual meeting between the Scottish Government and STUC, the two organisations have released the following statement on the UK Government’s Budget. “We stand together in our opposition to the UK Government’s continued austerity and do not believe that it is appropriate to give tax cuts for the richest in society, whilst cutting the…

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This week 26/10/18

26th October 2018

Scottish Government pledges £200 million investment to Tay Cities Deal The Scottish Government is prepared to invest £200 million to deliver inclusive economic growth across the Tay Cities region– and it has asked the UK Government to match its pledge. Announcing the commitment ahead of the UK Government Budget next week, Mr Matheson said: “Scotland’s…

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This week 19/10/18

19th October 2018

Attracting inward investors Opportunities to invest in nine projects worth more than £2 billion to Scotland’s economy have been announced by Economy Secretary Derek Mackay. The refreshed Invest in Scotland prospectus is seeking to secure international investment in a mixture of public and private sector projects across Scotland. Projects highlighted include the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation…

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Two weeks of talking up Scotland in Europe

19th October 2018

Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, Ivan McKee, usually visits innovative businesses all over Scotland as part of his role. However, over the last couple of weeks he’s been talking up Scotland to other countries in Europe. Last week he started in London for a series of meetings including discussions with Nesta, a global innovation…

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Delivering world class infrastructure for Scotland

19th October 2018

When the First Minister announced a reshuffle of her Cabinet in the summer I was honoured to take on the role of Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity. The creation of this portfolio highlights the importance we as a Government place on investment in infrastructure as a key driver of economic growth. As the…

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