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6 October, 2021 Open access

Scottish Government to invest £200 million in adult upskilling and retraining opportunities as part of Covid-19 recovery strategy

Funding to focus on workers in areas of economy particularly impacted by pandemic and the transition to Net Zero

The Scottish Government has announced that it is to invest £200 million in adult upskilling and retraining opportunities as part of its Covid-19 recovery strategy.

Introducing the new Covid Recovery Strategy: For a Fairer Future, the Scottish Government says that its purpose is to address systemic inequalities made worse by Covid-19, improve people’s wellbeing, and remobilise public services to be more focused on people's needs, with actions to include -

Deputy First Minister and Covid Recovery Secretary John Swinney said -

'The impacts of this pandemic have not been felt evenly with the most disadvantaged suffering disproportionately from the virus, and the social and economic effects of lockdown restrictions.

For that reason, our recovery must go further than how life was before Covid. This strategy sets out how we will do that, working with local government, the third sector, and businesses large and small...

By working together with the same energy, imagination, and urgency as we approached the pandemic, we can drive a recovery that delivers more for all of Scotland.'

For more information, see A fairer future from gov.scot