John has appealed to the First Minister to save the jobs of 16 Argyll workers who provide vital employability training to help others into work.
Argyll Training Ltd, who provide employability training on behalf of government, is at a “critical point” as a result of cuts to the Scottish Government’s Employability Fund, changes to the funding of Modern Apprenticeships, and the gap between the end of UK Government schemes and the start of devolved replacements.
The well-respected training provider has already been forced to close offices in Campbeltown and Rothesay. Four staff have taken voluntary redundancy, and the remaining 16 employees have been given 90 days’ notice.
John made a request to raise the issue with Nicola Sturgeon in person at yesterday’s First Ministers’ Questions, but was not selected. Instead, he has written to the First Minister directly.
“The closure of Argyll Training would be a disaster for the area. Argyll’s economy has limitless potential but right now it is undeniably fragile, and it can ill afford to lose these jobs or the invaluable training they provide.
“The First Minister has committed to creating jobs, improving skills, supporting the rural economy and reversing population decline – goals that will all be set back if this vital service is lost.
“This is a critical point. Without action, Argyll Training’s 16 remaining staff will be unemployed in three months’ time. I sincerely hope that Nicola Sturgeon will move quickly to prevent this body blow to the Argyll economy.”
Read John’s letter to Nicola Sturgeon here.