Local SNP MSP Adam Ingram has highlighted new figures showing the numbers of people in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley supported by the Scottish Government’s Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) initiative to find work following redundancy.
New figures highlighted by a Parliamentary Question show that in total across the constituency 472 people who have been made redundant have benefited by the support offered by PACE. 265 individuals across East Ayrshire and 206 individuals across South Ayrshire have received support from the PACE team.
PACE is delivered by Skills Development Scotland in conjunction with other partners and provides guidance and support to help reduce the time people are out of work.
Mr Ingram said: “Whilst I would rather there was no requirement for the PACE service these figures show the commitment of the SNP in government to providing real, practical support to local workers facing redundancy.
“PACE provides an important service in minimizing the time people who have been made redundant are out of work and helping them into further employment by providing skills development and employability support – and these figures show this is providing real, tangible help to people in East and South Ayrshire.
“Any worker facing redundancy is a tragedy for them, their family and their community – and it is absolutely right that the Scottish Government provides this type of support and does everything it can to help reduce the time people are out of work.”