In the Scottish Parliament on Monday, Iain Gray (East Lothian) (Scottish Labour), clearly not up-to-date on developments in Scotland, looking south as they do, asked the Scottish Government what plans it had to introduce a plan to support adult learning similar to the Lifetime Skills Guarantee that has been announced by the UK Government.
The the Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health was able to inform Mr Gray:
Prior to the UK Government announcement on the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, a commitment was made in the Programme for Government to progress a Lifelong Learning Strategy in the coming year. Covid-19 has highlighted the challenges faced by adults and young people disproportionately affected by the pandemic. We need to do more to make sure Scotland’s most marginalised learners are not further disadvantaged by this pandemic. Ensuring Community Learning and Development can be integrated into Scotland’s wider education and skills system will play a vital part in Scotland’s economic recovery. This will help the Scottish Government in our ambition to provide people with the right level of support, to achieve the right skills, at a time when they are needed most.
A source told us that Mr Gray has promised to pay attention in the future.