Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018

05 Mar 2018

 

SNP MSP for Glasgow Shettleston Constituency, John Mason, visited the Real Life Options Office on Shettleston Road as part of the Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018 to see first-hand how young people are benefitting from apprenticeships and in-work training.

 

Scottish Apprenticeship week is organised by Skills Development Scotland, running from 5 – 9 March and aiming to promote the positives this form of work brings for businesses, individuals and the wider Scottish Economy.

 

Commenting, John Mason MSP said:

 

“I was delighted to meet four of the staff who are training and working at Real Life Options in Shettleston at the start of this year’s Apprenticeship Week. Real Life Options provide a valuable service to adults with learning difficulties to ensure they can live the most independent lives possible.

 

“The staff I spoke to agreed that the emphasis on training was really valuable to them.

 

“I would highly encourage other businesses in Glasgow Shettleston Constituency and beyond to take the chance to get more involved and show their support by pledging to recruit a Modern, Foundation or Graduate apprentice during the next year and to ensure their staff are receiving ongoing training.”

Motion S5M-11266: Anti-racism March

01 Mar 2018

That the Parliament welcomes that a march against racism organised by Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) took place in Glasgow on 17 March 2018; notes that members from throughout Scotland of the Confederation of Friends of Israel Scotland (COFIS) sought to participate in the march in order to oppose antisemitism; regrets, however, that COFIS members were reportedly blocked from taking part in the main march by demonstrators who appeared to be against any participants sympathetic towards Israel; considers that criticism of Israeli policies and antisemitism can be easily confused and difficult to distinguish from each other; regretfully believes that this and other events suggest that antisemitism is alive in Scotland in 2018, and calls on everyone to reflect on their attitudes towards Israel and the Jewish community in Scotland.

Scottish Budget Week

23 Feb 2018

Motion S5M-10538: Housing and Societal Inequality

20 Feb 2018

That the Parliament notes the recent report from Zoopla, which shows that the number of homes valued over £1,000,000 in Scotland has increased by 2,264; understands that this represents an increase of one quarter over 2017; believes that this growth highlights increasing wealth for the richest and a rising gap between the richest and poorest; considers that such increases in wealth are not adequately taxed; recognises that, compared to many other areas of the UK, Scotland has a relatively small number of these properties with 11,101, compared with the South East of England, which has 180,397; believes that this inequality in society is unhealthy and potentially damaging for the economy, and welcomes any proposals to deal with this through taxation or otherwise.