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Employability Debate 2

Finance Secretary John Swinney said he would give "substantive thinking to all of the recommendations" in the finance committee's report on improving employability ,during the second part of the debate on the issue on 8 January 2013.

MSPs unanimously agreed with the motion from the Finance Committee convener Kenneth Gibson calling on the parliament to note the recommendations of the report.

Mr Swinney said the debate had been very important, informative and helpful and again stressed the importance of a person centred approach to encourage individuals into work.

Scottish Labour MSP Rhoda Grant said: "We should not demonise those who are unemployed, but must look at ways of improving employability."

Ms Grant highlighted the need for looked after children to be individually targeted with help and went on say it was vital to "take steps to ensure we don't have a further lost generation".

Closing the debate for the Finance Committee, SNP MSP John Mason said he welcomed the cabinet sercretary's promise of a formal response to the report.

Mr Mason said many MSPs had highlighted the complexity of the landscape in relation to initiatives to help employability and added he hoped the committee's inquiry would make a useful contribution to those furthest from the job market.

The first part of the debate can be viewed below:

Employability debate 1

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