Scottish Labour’s reaction to budget statement               

9 October 2014


Commenting on the Finance Secretary’s ministerial statement to parliament on the draft budget 2015-16, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Deputy Finance Minister Jenny Marra MSP said:

“A recent report from IPPR has highlighted the desperate need for an additional 87,000 engineers between now and 2020 throughout the UK.


“Scotland should be in pole position to take advantage of this and ensure that we have enough engineering training places to fill that gap.


“This autumn, over 800 young people who wanted to study engineering at Dundee and Angus college have been unable to get a place.


“This is the reality of the Scottish Government’s budget choices.


“This is about chances for our young people and training in an economy that desperately needs skilled people.


“There is a big mis-match between training places and the needs of the economy and the SNP must start taking this seriously.


“This is simply not good enough.


"The country is coming out of a recession.


"Young people should be allowed to go to college and build up their skills to help our economic recovery."



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