Increased funding for digital skills
£36 million available to Scottish business.
A new digital growth fund was announced by the First Minister on Saturday.
Supported by £36 million over the next three years, the fund will provide loans to companies who wish to develop the digital skills of their staff in areas such as cyber security, data analytics and software engineering as part of the Scottish Government’s drive to improve economic productivity.
The First Minister highlighted figures showing Scotland’s productivity has grown by almost ten percent since 2007 while the rest of the UK’s has only grown by one-tenth of one percent. She will say that this is a strong record but that there is more we can and must do.
The lack of digital skills has been identified as a critical gap that holds back productivity and company profitability, with an estimated additional 12,800 digital skills roles needed each year. In order to help support business in filling this skills gap the Digital Growth Fund will provide loans to support up to an estimated 6,000 people to be trained in each of the next three years.
The First Minister said:
“Recent studies estimate that the economy needs 12,800 new workers with digital skills each year. Despite this, our last digital economy survey found that only around a quarter of businesses were doing anything to develop current employees’ digital technology skills.
“We need to change that. Scotland cannot afford to ignore this prize. That’s why we will now boost our support for digital skills.
“We will develop a new £36 million, three-year support fund to meet the upfront business costs of digital skills training. This will see up to 6,000 people per year able to access the training they need in key areas like software development, web design and digital marketing. It will also allow firms to use government funding to pay for the training their staff need, repaying the funding in later years.
“We will work with business to lift the upfront burden of upskilling Scotland’s workforce from the balance sheets of business, giving firms the freedom to invest in their staff and in their future.”
Latest News from
Scottish Government Health and Social Care Winter Overview 2021/2222/10/2021 15:05:00
The Health and Social Care Winter Overview outlines the range of actions the Scottish Government is taking to support our health and social sector care throughout the winter period.
Adult social care - winter preparedness plan: 2021-2222/10/2021 12:05:00
This Plan sets out the measures that will be applied across the adult social care sector to meet the challenges over the winter 2021 – 2022.
Scotland’s exports increased in 201922/10/2021 10:05:00
Scotland’s international exports increased by 3.4% in 2019. Exports to the rest of the UK also increased, up 5%.
Safer Drug Consumption Facilites - Evidence Paper21/10/2021 15:05:00
This paper highlights the evidence in support of Safer Drug Consumption Facilities.
Update to vaccine certification Apps21/10/2021 12:05:00
Users and businesses should download green tick updates.
National plan to end need for food banks21/10/2021 09:25:00
Consultation on new approach to prevent food insecurity.
COVID-19 safety in schools20/10/2021 10:05:00
Existing COVID-19 safety mitigations in schools are to remain for now, following advice from senior clinicians.