Scottish Labour’s John Park is calling on the Scottish Government to make investment in training a condition of major government contracts.
Speaking ahead of a Scottish Parliament debate on the economy, Scottish Labour’s Economy and Skills spokesman John Park said:
“It is absolutely vital that the Scottish Government takes the right steps to ensure that there is no return to the high levels of youth unemployment we saw in the 1980s.
“I believe that there is much more that Ministers could do to ensure that young people don’t lose out on skills and training during the recession. We should be using the procurement process to encourage companies to invest in training.
“The Scottish Government spends over £8 billion on goods and services every year. We should make it a condition of any major contract that businesses take on apprentices.”