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ONLINE CAREERS Q&A LEVELLING CAREERS ADVICE PLAYING FIELD

ONLINE CAREERS Q&A LEVELLING CAREERS ADVICE PLAYING FIELD

Glasgow-based communications consultancy Perceptive Communicators is to launch an online careers Q&A on Twitter (#PerceptiveCareers) which allows young people of all backgrounds to access careers advice on sought after roles directly from those doing these roles.

The online careers Q&A will take place between 2pm and 3pm on the first Wednesday of each month.  The first one, on Wednesday 4 October, will be hosted at Trinity High School in Rutherglen, part of Clyde Gateway, Scotland’s largest regeneration area.

The aim of the Q&A is to give young people the direct opportunity to ask questions of individuals in careers that may be of interest to them.  Social media provides direct access to those answering the questions to anyone with a smartphone. Those interested in taking part can follow the hashtag #PerceptiveCareers and tweet @perceptivecomms which will be the channel for the Q&A during that hour.

This approach was the brainchild of Julie McLauchlan, managing director at Perceptive Communicators.  Julie explains: “We’re often asked to speak to young people about what it’s like to work in PR and communications.  We are very happy to help but it is individuals without this sort of network that really need this help most. Social media is a great leveller, so through this Q&A we will bring together people in sought after careers with young people of all backgrounds, some of whom may not have the benefit of parents or family with strong business networks.”

The careers Q&A will kick off on Wednesday 4 October June with Marion Forbes, Director with multi-award winning Mactaggart & Mickel Homes, who has almost two decades of blue chip experience in retail and construction, including many years in HR. Marion will answer questions relating to preparing for interviews, applying for jobs and starting work.

Future Q&As will feature people doing a variety of different jobs from journalism to joinery.

Clyde Gateway, Scotland’s largest urban regeneration company is supporting this initiative by helping to promote this amongst young people in its local areas including Bridgeton, Dalmarnock and Rutherglen. Niki Spence, Senior Manager at Clyde Gateway comments: “Young people across all backgrounds benefit from hearing practical careers advice directly from those actually doing these jobs. This Q&A is a great way to allow everyone of all backgrounds to ask any question about careers they are considering for the future, so helping improve their future career prospects.”

While the Q&A will be held online, the first one will be held at Trinity High School in Rutherglen, which is part of Clyde Gateway.

Brendan McCarthy, Employability Skills Co-ordinator at Trinity High School commented: “We are extremely excited with the prospect of Perceptive Communicators, through Clyde Gateway, supporting and encouraging our pupils on a road to a positive destination. By utilising a pupil friendly communication platform, such as Twitter, this pilot programme offers a unique and direct connection to people in popular jobs and high profile organisations.   The pupils can ask industry specific questions of these clients or seek advice on interview techniques and CV writing skills. As well as general careers advice, it brings an opportunity to highlight and promote Modern and Graduate level Apprenticeship availability within these fields. As a school we are fully committed to working towards national priorities such as closing the attainment gap. It is with great pleasure we have this chance to work with Perceptive Communicators and Clyde Gateway to offer excellent and equal opportunities to develop employability skills for all our pupils.”

Scottish Political Insider – Friday 22 September 2017

Scottish Political Insider – Friday 22 September 2017

Domestic policies returned to the floor of the Scottish Parliament this week as MSPs backed the principle of raising income tax to fund investment in public services, despite an SNP abstention in the final vote. Scottish Labour put forward a motion for debate aimed at forcing the parties to “pick a side” on the issue, but the SNP, which has said it has an “open mind” on tax rises, abstained so as not to “prejudge” the debate on tax ahead of the budget. The Greens and Lib Dems backed Labour, meaning the non-binding motion passed. The Tories, who are firmly opposed to income tax rises, voted against.

The temperature has been rising in the Scottish Labour leadership race between centrist millionaire Anas Sarwar MSP and pro-Corbyn left-winger Richard Leonard MSP.  Responding to press queries, Anas Sarwar has denied being “one of the few” as he defended his family’s firm over its failure to pay the real living wage to all staff. The Glasgow MSP said United Wholesale (Scotland) Ltd did not pay everyone the real living wage of £8.45 an hour because it was “voluntary”, but he said a Labour government would make the wage mandatory for all firms.

Brexit is never far away and, the Scottish and Welsh governments have published proposals for changing the legislation that will take the UK out of the EU. Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones claim the EU Withdrawal Bill is a “power grab” of devolved responsibilities, but in a letter to the Prime Minister, the two first ministers said their amendments would allow the bill to “work with, not against, devolution”.

In a speech in Paraguay this week, Scottish Secretary David Mundell has set out how leaving the EU will transform the UK’s trade with the rest of the world. In a speech during a trade visit at the Diplomatic Academy, attended by senior members of the Paraguayan government, Mr Mundell focused on strengthening ties between Scotland and Paraguay, and the future of international trade as we leave the EU. He also spoke, on the third anniversary of the 2014 independence vote, about Scottish politics and working with the Scottish Government on Brexit.

Meanwhile, the short conference recess has focused the mind on MPs’ speeches somewhat.  Commons authorities have said that Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid is one of just three newly elected MPs, from this June’s snap General Election, still to make their maiden speech.  The Conservative MP beat the SNP’s Dr Eilidh Whiteford and is the only Scottish MP among the trio.

The conference bandwagon moves on from the Lib Dems in Bournemouth to the Labour party in Brighton which started yesterday.  The Tories gather in Manchester at the end of next week.

If you or your organisation would benefit from our political insight and specialist knowledge and contacts at all political levels, please get in touch with Julie McLauchlan on 07734 932578
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Scottish Political Insider – 15 September 2017

Scottish Political Insider – 15 September 2017

This week saw the 20th anniversary of the referendum which approved the establishment of the Scottish Parliament.  The week had a few nostalgic tributes from across the political spectrum, not least to the late first First Minister, Donald Dewar, who arguably did more than any other politician to help make the vision of a Scottish Parliament a reality.

Scottish Labour are now in full leadership election mode.  The new leader will be announced on 18 November after the party’s Scottish Executive decided the timetable and the franchise for the race to replace Kezia Dugdale.   Two MSPs, Richard Leonard and Anas Sarwar, have already announced they will stand.  Nominations for the leadership election will close on 17 September although no other candidates are expected and the ballot will open on 27 October. There will be eight regional hustings.

At Westminster, the Scottish Affairs Committee, which is entirely made up of Scottish MPs, has now been determined and membership is as follows: Deirdre Brock (SNP, Edinburgh North & Leith), David Duguid (Con, Banff & Buchan), Hugh Gaffney (Lab, Coatbridge, Chryston & Bellshill), Christine Jardine (Lib Dem, Edinburgh West), Gerard Killen (Lab, Rutherglen & Hamilton West), John Lamont (Con, Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk), Paul Masterton (Con, East Renfrewshire), Danielle Rowley (Lab, Midlothian), Tommy Sheppard (SNP, Edinburgh East) and Ross Thomson (Con, Aberdeen South).

At Holyrood, the review of business rates attracted some attention as Derek Mackay provided the Government’s response to the Barclay review in a statement to Parliament. He confirmed the intention to implement the “vast majority” of recommendations, including more regular revaluations, relief for day nurseries, expansion of the fresh start scheme, the establishment of the Business Growth Accelerator, reviewing the small business bonus scheme and not placing new-build properties on the valuation roll until occupied.

It was noted that some recommendations would undergo further consultation, but a final decision could be expected alongside an implementation plan by the end of the year. He said this included the possibility of removing charity relief for ALEOs, independent schools and university accommodation; reforming sports clubs’ relief; and levying rates on parks

Next week sees the start of the party conference season, with the UK Lib Dems meeting in Bournemouth from tomorrow until next Tuesday.  Perceptive’s political guru Devin Scobie will be there to keep an eye on things and will report back on any key issues.

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 julie.mclauchlan@perceptivecommunicators.co.uk


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Scottish Political Insider – Friday 8 September 2017

Scottish Political Insider – Friday 8 September 2017

Scottish politics returns to some sort of normality this week as MSPs arrived back at Holyrood and immediately started work debating the Scottish Government’s plans for the coming year.

In that respect, the 1% cap on public sector pay rises in Scotland will be scrapped next year, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed, as the key headline in her Programme for Government. She said future pay rises would be based on the cost of living as there have been complaints that public sector workers have seen dramatic real-terms drops in their earnings in recent years. Among her other announcements was a commitment for Scotland to phase out new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2032 – eight years ahead of the UK government’s target – and low emissions zones created in Scotland’s four largest cities by 2020.

Ms Sturgeon again pledged to make improving the country’s education system, and in particular closing the attainment gap between the country’s wealthiest and poorest pupils, her number one priority. To this end, she said an Education Bill would be the centrepiece of the legislative programme for the year ahead. Holyrood’s business this week has been dominated by athree-dayy debate on the Programme. Details: Prog for Government

Elsewhere, Labour MSP Anas Sarwar has joined Richard Leonard in the contest to replace Kezia Dugdale as Scottish leader.  Mr Sarwar, considered a moderate, already has the support of half the Labour MSPs and two of the party’s seven MPs.

Conservative peer Nosheena Mobarik has been appointed to represent Scotland in the European Parliament. Baroness Mobarik, a former chairwoman of CBI Scotland, will replace Ian Duncan, who resigned to take up a position as a Scotland Office minister. She was placed third on the Scottish Conservative list for the 2014 European Parliament election. Belinda Don, who was second on the list, had threatened legal action over the party’s plan to pass her over.

Finally Nicola Sturgeon was the keynote speaker at the CBI Scotland dinner in Glasgow last night.  Boosting productivity and innovation were strong themes, referencing the innovation centres like Stratified Medicine.  Construction Scotland Innovation Centre launches its innovation factory on Monday.

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Scottish Political Insider – Friday 1 September 2017

Scottish Political Insider – Friday 1 September 2017

Scottish politics has slowly been returning to its familiar cantankerous self as MSPs gear up for returning to Holyrood next week.  The big news of the week, of course, was the sudden resignation of Labour leader Kezia Dugdale.  Ms Dugdale, a Lothians list MSP since 2011, took over as leader after Jim Murphy lost his Westminster seat in 2015 and piloted the party through the 2016 Holyrood and 2017 UK elections.  Former Deputy Anas Sarwar, a Glasgow MSP is the front-runner candidate for the fractious campaign to succeed Ms Dugdale.  Central Scotland list MSP Richard Leonard may stand as a candidate from the left of the party.

The party’s Executive Committee will meet on next Saturday (9 September) to agree the timetable and the process for the leadership election but current Deputy, now interim, leader Alex Rowley and a former leadership contender, Neil Findlay MSP, have ruled themselves out as likely candidates.

On the SNP side, a reshuffle has been expected since the start of the summer recess and high profile junior ministers including Jeane Freeman and Humza Yousaf have been tipped for promotion. Cabinet Secretaries Roseanna Cunningham and Fergus Ewing have been speculated as potentially facing demotion. Other names expected to be considered for promotion include several from the 2016 such as Jenny Gilruth and Gail Ross.

The main official business in the first couple of weeks will be Finance Secretary Derek Mackay’s budget and the usual ill-tempered debate and horse-trading that will follow. Mr Mackay is facing early pressure to rule out income tax rises and accelerate plans for a zero-rate band in his Budget. In its 14-page Budget submission, published this week and entitled Shaping the Future of Scottish Retail, the Scottish Retail Consortium demands a range of measures to ease the tax burden on consumers. It wants pledges to curb tax rises on consumers and business and an immediate follow-up on the Barclay Review’s proposed reforms of business rates, including a freeze on new or additional levies.

Back to Brexit, and the Scottish Parliament has produced a briefing paper on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill which was introduced in the UK Parliament on 13 July 2017. The Bill sets out proposals to leave the European Union (EU) by: Repealing the European Communities Act; converting existing EU law into UK law on the date of the UK’s exit from the EU (scheduled for March 2019) – these laws are referred to in the Bill as “retained EU law” – and creating temporary powers to allow UK (and devolved) Ministers to deal with any deficiencies, so that the legal system continues to function effectively.

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