An action plan to limit unemployment caused by the economic impacts of coronavirus is an opportunity for economic recovery, MSP Kenneth Gibson believes.

The report from a group of industry experts - the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board -with representatives from business and Scotland’s skills agencies, was commissioned by the Scottish Government in May.

Their recommendations, which will be considered by the Scottish Government include: an expansion of online opportunities for young people to find information on future jobs and training, enhanced help for those facing redundancy, and tailored support for businesses of all sizes

Another aspect to be considered is colleges and universities offering short courses so people can learn critical skills needed by employers and short placement schemes to give work experience to under-25s who have been out of work for six months

Local MSP Kenneth Gibson MSP commented: “We have an opportunity to help shape a business climate that supports especially young people into work."