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07/07/14 14:33

Media Briefing - Monday 7 July 2014

Media Briefing by the First Minister’s Official Spokesperson - Monday 7 July 2014

The First Minister’s Official Spokesperson (FMOS) welcomed journalists to the briefing and ran through the day's key events:

The Scottish Government has welcomed the Oil and Gas Expert Commission Report. Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has pledged that fiscal and regulatory stability will be at the heart of an independent Scotland’s approach to the North Sea.

The Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment, Angela Constance, has announced additional support for the Adopt an Intern scheme. The programme has found 700 graduates paid placements to date, with around 85 per cent going on to find permanent employment. The further investment of £427,000 for 2014/15 is expected to support 230 graduates into positions relevant to their level of qualification, enhancing their employability skills.

Ms Constance has also welcomed findings published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), that show Scotland’s employers are doing more to develop the skills of their staff in comparison with the rest of the UK.

Transport Minister Keith Brown has announced a second round of funding totalling £3 million for the Bus Investment Fund (BIF) in a bid to improve Scotland’s bus services. Bus projects across Scotland will be able to apply for up to £500,000 over two years from the Transport Scotland challenge fund.

The FMOS then ran through key events for the rest of the week.

When asked for a view on the Team Scotland parade uniform for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, the FMOS noted that it was generating a lot of attention.