Construction to benefit from £25m national transition training fund

Scottish Parliament

CONSTRUCTION is amongst sectors set to benefit from support through the Scottish Government’s £25 million national transition training fund.

The fund aims to support retraining projects for careers in areas affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It will also help with career transition into areas of the Scottish economy with most potential for future growth – such as digital and green technologies.

Those aged 25 who have been made redundant or face redundancy as a result of the pandemic can apply for support, with the scheme set to help up to 10,000 people access training.

Jamie Hepburn, The Scottish Government’s minister for business, fair work and skills, commented, “The pandemic has had significant impact on our economy and we know this is a worrying time for people. We will continue to do everything we can to protect jobs and ensure that people faced with redundancy can get back to work as quickly as possible.

“The national transition training fund plays a key role in this and is targeted at those who have either lost their job or are at risk of redundancy as a result of Covid-19. It will help up to 10,000 people across Scotland retrain and develop the skills they need to secure their future employment.

“Crucially, this fund will not only help those working in sectors most affected by the pandemic and whose livelihoods are at risk, it will also support people to take advantage of jobs available in growth areas of the Scottish economy, which will help us in our transition to net zero.

“As we recover from the pandemic, we must create a stronger, more resilient, sustainable economy. Ensuring people have the right skills to futureproof their careers is crucial in achieving that goal.”