Question reference: S6W-23583
- Date lodged: 5 December 2023
Current status: Answered by Richard Lochhead on 13 December 2023
To ask the Scottish Government how it defines the term "just transition" in the context of skills development.
The Scottish Government defines a just transition as both the outcome – a fairer, greener future for all – and the way we get there, by developing action in partnership with those most likely to be negatively impacted by the transition to net zero.
In the context of skills development, this means ensuring that workers have the skills they need to adapt to the transition, and that Scotland has the workforce required – both now and in the future – to seize the opportunities of net zero. As the Just Transition Commission has emphasised, a focus on skills development is also vital in addressing inequalities (for example, breaking down barriers faced by women and minority groups) across our economy. This is key to building the workforce of the future, and to ensuring the transition is truly just.
The Scottish Government has committed to developing a range of just transition plans – including plans for each of Scotland’s highest emitting sectors. These plans will be underpinned by extensive co-design and engagement, and will set out a clear approach to delivering a skills offering which can support our priorities for a just transition.