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George Welcomes Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Scottish Apprenticeship Week is the nationwide campaign aimed at encouraging more employers to take on apprentices, and the campaign theme for 2018 is
‘Apprenticeships are the Business’.

 

 

George said,

 

‘I wholeheartedly support this scheme and agree that Apprenticeships really are the business. It’s vitally important that young people are given opportunities to learn and improve their practical skills, and apprenticeships are the perfect way to do both simultaneously.’

 

Organised by Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Apprenticeship Week highlights the commitment of businesses that invest in the skills of their workforce, and shows the success of apprentices who have chosen work-based learning to get qualified to develop their careers.

 

‘Business that take on apprentices and truly invest in their employees are what we want to see more of in today’s market so I was delighted to see the great scheme at St. Mirren first hand.’

 

‘Both boys, Conor McBrearty and Matthew Reilly, who are apprentice players at the club, spoke very highly of their apprenticeship and are very enthusiastic about the doors this will open for them in the future.’

 

‘The boys are very driven and seem to be throwing themselves into everything the apprenticeship has to offer. It’s great to see a big local name supporting local boys to reach their potential.’

Tory Tax Plans Could Mean £111.9 Million Cut To NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.

 

Tory tax proposals could mean cuts of up to £111.9 in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, according to new Scottish Government analysis.

 

With the Scottish Parliament set to vote on Stage 1 of the budget this month, the Tories are proposing tax cuts for high earners that would leave a £500 million hole in the budget.

 

With health receiving the largest share of devolved spending, a £500 million fall in available spending would see the NHS in the firing line – and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde could lose up to 2680 nurses.


Commenting, Paisleys MSP, George Adam said:

 

“Under the SNP, the NHS has record staffing and record funding – and the draft budget would see that funding increased.

 

“But this investment is only possible because of the decisions taken by the Scottish Government, with progressive policies seeing higher earnings paying slightly more to support public services.

 

“The Tory tax plans would blow a £500 million hole in our budget – and that’s on top of a decade of UK government austerity.

 

“That would risk valuable public services in Greater Glasgow & Clyde, including the NHS – and would be equivalent to cutting 2680 nurses in the region – and the Tories should explain why they’d prefer to give a handout to millionaires than to fund our hospitals.”

 

 

 

 

George outside Paisley Abbey and Paisley Town Hall, underneath Glasgow Airport's Flightpath

Employment Hits Record High as Scotland Outperforms UK

New figures showing employment in Scotland at a record high and outperforming the UK have been welcomed, as the SNP in government gets on with the job of boosting Scotland’s economy.

Figures show that the employment level in Scotland has risen to 2,631,000 – and the employment rate has grown to 74.9 per cent, the highest rate of the four UK nations, and outperforms the UK as a whole. The new figures also show that youth unemployment in Scotland has fallen to its lowest level since 2006.

In further good economic news for Scotland, new figures show that manufacturing exports to overseas markets grew by 2.4 per cent in the year to Q3 2015.George outside Paisley Abbey and Paisley Town Hall, underneath Glasgow Airport's Flightpath

Commenting, Paisley’s MSP George Adam said:

“These are very encouraging figures showing employment at a record high – with Scotland outperforming every other nation in the UK as the SNP continues to use every economic lever at our disposal to create jobs and support people back into work.

“The figures on youth employment are particularly welcome – it’s vital that we do everything we can to ensure that our young people are empowered to reach their full potential, and today’s figures show that we are on the right track. There have been a number of business in Paisley opening in recent months which can only bode well for the local employment rate. We also have two iconic local buildings being refurbished, the Russell Institute and the former Arnotts building, which both when finished will increase job opportunities and further boost our local economy.

“While this progress across the country is very welcome, there is more work to be done – and over the coming weeks and months the SNP will lead an ambitious, national debate focussed on building on this progress and keep Scotland’s economy moving forward, with the re-election of Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister and an SNP government delivering for Scotland.”

SNP Depute Leader and Westminster Economy spokesperson Stewart Hosie added:

“The SNP in government is doing everything we can with the powers at our disposal to support more people into work – and we can’t allow this progress to be held back by a Tory government at Westminster obsessed with austerity.

“It’s time for George Osborne and David Cameron to learn some lessons from the approach of the SNP in government – and abandon their ideological commitment to austerity and use every means at their disposal to invest and create jobs.”

Further details can be found here.

Employment High

GeorgeEmployment in Scotland is at a record high according to official figures.  The Office for National Statistics has shown that 2,585,000 people in Scotland are in employment – an increase of 29,000 over the last quarter.  Employment has not been so high in Scotland since records began in 1992.

Together with the Scottish Government’s Opportunities for All initiative, which guarantees education or training for everyone aged 16 to 19, Scotland is doing well but can do so much better.

Speaking on the release of the figures, George Adam said:

‘These results show that the Scottish Government is fighting against the austerity cuts coming from Westminster and delivering jobs.

‘We are doing this with control of only 15% of the taxes raised in Scotland.  That’s right, the Scottish Government only has access to 15% of the taxes raised in Scotland.  Imagine what we could do with the powers of a normal parliament with access to its resources.

‘Scotland is the 14th wealthiest nation in the world, more wealth per head than the UK France or Japan.

‘It is time that we were able to use our own resources and act like the 14th wealthiest nation in the world and have our social and economic priorities realised and not being driven by governments we don’t elect at Westminster.

‘In September we have a choice to make.  We can decide to keep our priorities or we can hand over power to the Tories at Westminster.  It is a simple choice.’

 

More information can be found here: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Scottish-employment-level-reaches-new-record-high-c7a.aspx

George Welcomes Unemployment Falling Below 7%

George outside Paisley AbbeyPaisley’s MSP George Adam has welcomed the latest official figures showing a rise in employment and a fall in unemployment in Scotland. Scotland’s unemployment rate has now reduced to 6.9% and remains lower than the UK rate of 7.2%. In addition to this, Scotland’s youth employment rate continues to be above the UK as a whole.

Commenting, George said, “These figures are more good news for the Scottish economy and are a welcome endorsement of the Scottish Government’s efforts to boost the economy and create jobs.

‘We again see Scotland outperforming the UK as a whole in both the employment and unemployment levels. This is in addition to our youth employment rate which continues to be above the UK as a whole. With just under 6 months till the vote on Scottish independence, these figure show that the Scottish Government is working hard for the people of Paisley to boost employment, cut unemployment and get young people working with the limited powers we currently have. Imagine what we could do with the full powers of independence.

‘Scotland’s Future set out the Scottish Government’s plans for a truly transformational universal childcare system, which would open the door for even more women to get back into the workplace. We have seen from the recent publication of Labour devolution commission, that unless we have a Yes vote on September 18th, we cannot guarantee that the Scottish Government will get the powers it needs to improve even further the job opportunities for the people of Paisley and Scotland.

‘With the limited powers of devolution, the Scottish Government has managed to mitigate the worst excesses of Westminster’s cuts. With independence, we will be able to take action to grow the economy, create more jobs and ensure that more women and young people have the opportunity to take them up.”