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Scottish Conservatives call for a “skills revolution”

The Scottish Conservatives will today (Tuesday) use their parliamentary time to call for cross-party support to back a “skills revolution” in Scotland.

It follows Ruth Davidson’s keynote speech at party conference last month when she backed a new skills participation age of 18 for Scotland, and backed new measures to improve skills for all age groups.

The Scottish Conservative motion today calls on the SNP Government to use its powers to introduce a new policy framework to boost skills.

It also slams the failure of the SNP Government to deliver sustainable growth.

It comes five days after the Scottish Fiscal Commission announced there could be a £1bn black hole in the Scottish Government’s budget thanks to lower than expected tax receipts.


Dean Lockhart, the Scottish Conservative shadow economy secretary said:

“The Scottish Conservatives will use our debating time in the Scottish Parliament to promote a series of measures – measures which the Scottish Government has full power to implement – to set a new direction in economic policy.

“The need for a new economic model for Scotland has never been greater.

“The forecasts from the Scottish Fiscal Commission last week showed that Scotland’s economic under-performance is set to continue. We are facing £1 billion lower tax revenues as a result.

“The Fraser of Allander Institute has made clear that we need to focus on the opportunities facing our economy.

“The Scottish Conservatives want to lead the discussion of those challenges and opportunities.

“That includes the need for a skills revolution so that people have the training opportunities they need for a well-paid decent job throughout their working lives.”



Notes to editors:

The full text of the motion is below: 

“That the Parliament notes with concern that economic growth continues to trail behind the rest of the UK and long-term growth rates for Scotland;  recognises that the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy has failed to deliver sustainable growth, meet productivity targets or create a high-wage economy; acknowledges the need to address the skills gap in the economy through a comprehensive new approach to skills and training; and calls on the Scottish Government to use its existing powers to introduce a new policy framework to address the structural challenges facing the Scottish economy.”

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