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Friday, 10 January 2014

New funding could create 2,000 childcare jobs in scotland

Written by The Editorial Team

New investment by the government in Scotland could create as many as 2,000 full or part time childcare jobs, according to a Member of the Scottish Parliament.

The Scottish government is to pump an investment of £3.5 million into measures designed to allow more women in Scotland to return to work. One of the major initiatives of the investment is the provision of more quality childcare, which will create hundreds of new Scottish jobs for carers to look after children.

It is hoped that the move will have the knock on effect of giving mothers in Scotland the encouragement, financial stability and peace of mind to go back into full or part time employment themselves, thereby stimulating the country’s economy further.

Other percentages of the new investment money will go towards training and development for women who want to work in Scotland.

John Swinney, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, said the Scottish government was committed to developing a highly skilled pool of childcare staff in Scotland; not only to increase the quality of care for children, but also to enhance the economy of Scotland by getting more women back into the workforce:

“Investment in childcare can also create jobs in the sector to meet increased demand. The provision of high-quality childcare will help more parents return to work and has the potential to increase female participation in the labour market. Boosting participation and reducing the time a parent is inactive in the labour market due to childcare commitments will bring benefits in terms of skill levels, employability, education attainment, future earning potential and the overall productivity in the Scottish economy,” explained Mr Swinney, MSP for Perthshire North.