Local MSP Ruth Maguire has joined Holyrood’s Education and Skills Committee in an Easter reshuffle.

After serving on the Local Government and Communities Government between September 2016 and March 2017, Ruth attended her first meeting as a member of Holyrood’s Education and Skills Committee on Wednesday 19th April.

The role of the Education and Skills committee is to consider and report on matters falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, including areas such as early years and childcare, schools and teaching, further and higher education, and child protection and looked after children.

At the meeting on Wednesday 19th April, the Committee took evidence from Russell Gunson, Director of Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)Scotland, on the IPPR report Equipping Scotland for the future: Key Challenges for the Scottish Skills System.

Ruth questioned Mr Gunson on the challenges around learners and employers being able to co-design learning along with providers –  a recommendation in the report.

Commenting, Ruth said:

“Ensuring that our people have the skills they need to find good quality jobs is of crucial importance for both improving the economy and tackling inequalities – a strong skills sector is central to this.

I welcome the contribution of the Institute for Public Policy Research to the national debate and discussion, and look forward to continuing to work them as we respond to the challenges and opportunities facing Scotland’s skill sector.”