Friday, 26 September 2014

Good news on employment

A response to a Parliamentary Question from Cunninghame North MSP Kenneth Gibson (pictured) has revealed employment in North Ayrshire has risen by 5% in the past year.

Angela Constance, the SNP Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women's Employment confirmed the rise in local people in work during Question Time in the Scottish Parliament last Thursday (September 25).

Mr Gibson asked the Cabinet Secretary to confirm that “in North Ayrshire, capital projects such as the new Garnock Academy, Ayrshire Central Hospital and Brodick harbour will help to create and sustain employment, and that participation by women in modern apprenticeships is above average while youth unemployment is falling faster than anywhere else in Scotland.”

Replying to her party colleague, Angela Constance said, “I am pleased to be able to confirm that the number of modern apprenticeship-starts in Mr Gibson’s constituency has increased over the year.

“There is other substantial investment in North Ayrshire, particularly through the youth employment Scotland fund, whereby the Ayrshire councils work collaboratively and put forward the most ambitious bid. They are taking that forward very successfully.”

Ms Constance noted, “The annual population survey, which was published just this week, confirms other good news for Mr Gibson’s constituency. For example, over the year, the employment level in North Ayrshire has risen by 5 percentage points, which is an increase of 4,700 jobs. There is a similar trend with young people, with 1,000 more young people in work in North Ayrshire.”

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