Microsoft plans 2,000 apprenticeships for Scotland

Fri, 01/02/2013 - 12:13 -- nick

Computer giant Microsoft is to create 2,000 apprenticeships in Scotland.

Working through Modern Apprenticeships (MA), the firm will take on twice as many people as usual over the next three years.

Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, described the news as terrific for young people and for the MA programme.

He added: ""Microsoft is supporting investment in Scottish skills and in its own future in Scotland.

"Recruiting 2,016 apprentices by 2016 represents a huge endorsement of Scotland's young people from a company with operations in dozens of countries."

Free pre-school childcare proposed in Scotland

Thu, 05/07/2012 - 13:34 -- nick
A new government bill has outlined plans to increase free pre-school childcare and to make Scotland "the best place in the world to grow up". The Children and Young People Bill will give three and four-year-olds, and some two-year-olds, 600 hours annual care, a 125-hour increase on current provision. Children's minister Aileen Campbell said she wanted the most flexible package of family support in the UK.

Scottish job prospects 'bleaker'

Mon, 18/06/2012 - 13:18 -- nick
Employers in Scotland are growing increasingly pessimistic about job prospects, according to a survey by the recruitment company, Manpower. Whereas in the UK as a whole firms recorded a positive outlook on jobs - in Scotland sentiment slipped into negative territory with a score of -6%. Manpower suggested Scottish employment was entering "bleaker times".

MSPs support Scottish welfare changes

Mon, 21/05/2012 - 13:30 -- nick

Proposed new laws to "limit the impact" of UK-wide welfare reforms in Scotland should be passed, MSPs have said.

A special Holyrood committee said there were "grave concerns" over Westminster plans for a new universal credit.

The Scottish Parliament cannot stop Westminster changing the welfare benefits system.

But Holyrood must pass new legislation to ensure people still have access to certain benefits, after MSPs protested against the UK reforms.


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