Fife Chamber Welcomes Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Fife Chamber of Commerce met with Jamie Hepburn MSP on Tuesday (31 July) to provide an update on business conditions and priorities in Fife.

The recently appointed Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills visited Marine Harvest Scotland’s Rosyth headquarters, where Chamber members welcomed Mr Hepburn and discussed Fife’s business economy and future opportunities. 

Discussions covered a number of key topics, including: raising awareness of in-demand business skills and opportunities, so young people can make informed educational and career choices; creating greater parity between academic and vocational study; recruitment challenges, particularly finding and recruiting staff with technical and specialist skills and knowledge; and preparing for potential challenges a reduction in available labour market workforce may bring following Brexit, including how best to build and encourage a capable domestic workforce.

Fife Chamber Vice President Brian Horisk said:

“Mr Hepburn has only been in his new post for a number of weeks, so this was an important early opportunity for Fife business representatives to make contact, opening up a dialogue to discuss the region’s business and employment priorities.

“With specific ministerial responsibilities covering employability and skills, fair work, and youth employment, Fife Chamber will seek to maintain a close and positive working relationship with Mr Hepburn to ensure the best possible outcomes for the region.”