The daily challenges faced by the men and women of our armed forces are not confined to conflict zones. With no unionised workforces, no working time agreements, and family lives facing constant disruption, it is a way of life that is alien to many of us. In signing up, service personnel are making a commitment not only to serve, but to surrendering many of the rights most of us take for granted.
One week on from SQA results day, many students may still be celebrating their success and working out their next steps in education or work.
It’s brilliant news that more young people in Scotland than ever before are now getting the opportunity to go to our world-class university.
Parents of all babies due from Tuesday are set to receive a box filled with the very essential items mums and dads need to look after their newborns.
When the first vehicles rolled onto the new section of the M8 earlier this year, a final piece of our motorway jigsaw fell into place.
A record number of students from deprived backgrounds getting a place at university, figures showing students leaving Scottish unis are the best paid in the UK, A&E targets hit, and much more.
In government we’re working to make sure all our young people get equal chances and choices to succeed in life.
Two out of every five people in Scotland will develop cancer in their lifetime. And our aging population means that more people are being diagnosed with cancer. Yet better treatment also now means that more people can be cured than ever before.
Over the past ten years we’ve taken action help young people get into work. Today Scotland’s youth unemployment rate is the third lowest in the EU. We will now work to reduce it further and ensure more young people are in good, well paid work.