Scottish Bakers welcomes the publication of the Scottish Government’s advisory group on economic recovery’s report, “Towards a robust, resilient wellbeing economy for Scotland”, which offers recommendations to build a fairer and greener Scotland in the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Alasdair Smith, Chief Executive of Scottish Bakers, particularly welcomes the emphasis on skills and apprenticeships contained in the report.
He said, “I’m delighted to see the focus on training as one of the routes to support the recovery out of lockdown and recognise the value in the range of other recommendations including the proposed Scottish Jobs Guarantee. However, it is also disappointing to note there this is no mention of the valuable role played by Scotland’s many independent specialist training providers, including ourselves, who together deliver thousands of apprenticeships each year.
“Staff training and development is good for businesses and creates great career paths for individuals enriching the industry as a whole. Scottish Bakers is experienced in delivering training to Scotland’s food and drink sector and we look forward to working with our members and other businesses over the coming weeks and months, but we do need the support of the Scottish Government to help us quickly restart our training work.”
The Scottish Jobs Guarantee is proposed to be led by businesses working in partnership with local authorities and other agencies. It should offer secure employment, for a period of at least 2 years, to 16-25 year olds, paid at the Living Wage, with access to training, apprenticeships and the possibility of progression.
Scottish Bakers has been supporting and protecting the interests of Scotland's bakery trade for over 125 years. The sector delivers around £1.4 bn into the economy, a quarter of all food and drink manufacturing. It employs c. 12,000 people in over 300 business of all sizes in communities around the country.