Nicola Sturgeon will put green jobs at heart of her recovery mission. Nicola Sturgeon will make it a “national mission” to create jobs, with Scotland’s unemployment rate currently the highest in the UK. In her programme for government, which sets out the laws that will be brought forward in the six months before Holyrood dissolves ahead of next year’s election, the first minister will focus on recovery from the Covid-induced recession. It will include investment in plans for a guarantee for unemployed young people, as well as a programme to help people retrain for new areas for the economy such as low-carbon industries. There will also be action on green jobs and skills. The Times understands that there will be “significant investment” announced to encourage people to forgo cars and instead walk, cycle or take public transport to work.
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The First Minister will set out her Programme for Government, covering the year ahead, at Holyrood this afternoon, amid growing opposition calls for a greater focus on economic recovery. The country is now facing one of the most acute recessions in generations with gross domestic product (GDP) having shrunk by a fifth according to the most recent figures and unemployment on the rise. The Programme for Government, which will be unveiled to MSPs this afternoon, will include investment in plans for a youth guarantee for unemployed young people, as well as a programme to help people retrain for new areas for the economy, such as low carbon industries. There will also be specific investment announced in green jobs and skills.
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