What is the SNP doing to tackle unemployment?

Throughout the pandemic, the SNP Scottish Government has worked tirelessly to keep businesses afloat and ensure as few people as possible lose their jobs.

Central to our recovery from Covid is a new national mission to help create new jobs, good jobs and green jobs. We will work with employers and individuals to build the skills and infrastructure that we all need to succeed, in the industries of the future.

Our Young Person’s Guarantee will ensure that every young person aged between 16 and 24 in Scotland has the opportunity, based on their own personal circumstances and ambitions, to go to university or college, get a place on an apprenticeship, training or work experience programme, secure a job or participate in a formal volunteering programme.

We will invest an additional £500 million over the next parliament to support new jobs and reskill people for the jobs of the future.

Our National Transition Training Fund will support workers whose jobs are at risk and provide re‐training opportunities for high tech, high skilled jobs and the provision of green skills to support Scotland’s transition to net zero. As part of this, we will take action to tackle inequality, supporting those who have been disproportionately impacted by Covid such as women, people from minority ethnic communities and disabled people. We will further promote Fair Work and help tackle occupational segregation.

Over the next five years we will invest £100 million in our Green Jobs fund, investing alongside businesses and organisations to support new and increased opportunities for green job creation across Scotland.

We will nearly double the planned investment in the Parental Employability Support Fund to £15 million in the next two years to help improve employment chances and support parents into good, secure jobs. We will also explore how we can link Parental Employment Support with our national Fair Start employment programmes.