Monday, 11 January 2010

Gibson welcomes funding for Highlands

News release
Immediate release

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has welcomed funding to help create jobs for the Highland region.

Mr Gibson was commenting after the First Minister Alex Salmond announced that The Highland local authority area is to benefit from nearly £4 million worth of European funding for projects which will create jobs.

The area will receive over £3.5 million from the European Social Fund and European Regional Development Fund following the latest allocation of European structural funding.

The Highlands and Islands region has been allocated a total of £18 million which will support the creation of 170 jobs and provide more than 5,000 individuals with help and support to enter employment.

Mr Gibson said....

"This funding will make a real and positive difference for the Highlands . I welcome the firm steer from the First Minister and the SNP Government to job creation."

"The SNP Government is using all economic levers to protect the existing workforce and take the country out of recession."

"The funding for Highland will deliver vital money for training and job creation. This Government is committed to working with our partners in local authorities, enterprise networks, voluntary sector, business community, unions, colleges and universities to ensure Scotland is an attractive environment for investment, with the skilled workforce and quality infrastructure required for success."



Highland - £1,280,000 from the European Social Fund and £2,441,000 European Regional Development Fund

The funding will be used to assist Community Planning Partnerships (CPPS) ongoing work to support employability in their areas. The 11 CPPs which applied for the latest funding, as well as CPPs in Clackmannanshire and Edinburgh, have already received a share of over £50 million from the 2007-13 European Structural Funds programme.

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