Infrastructure work funded by the Scottish Government will support 40,000 jobs, the Deputy First Minister has said

As many as 40,000 jobs will be maintained by Scottish Government spending on infrastructure, according to the Deputy First Minister.

Infrastructure projects during 2012-13 will cost 3.1 billion, the SNP administration has said.

In its updated investment plan, which was first published back in November 2011, the Government also said other infrastructure projects will receive around 30 million from now until 2030, which could end up seeing more opportunities for people furthering their careers, perhaps through new apprenticeships being created.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon outlined the spending commitments as she visited a hospital building site in Glasgow, which is said to have created hundreds of jobs since it was started.

The next financial year, 2013-14, will see capital investment increase to 3.4 billion, she said, suggesting more chances of recruitment for people looking for a job.

Building projects due for completion in the same period include Aberdeen Community Health and Care Village, new schools in Lasswade in Midlothian and Eastwood near Glasgow, work on Auchmuty High School in Fife and Dumbarton Academy near Glasgow, and an "estate development" scheme for Glasgow School of Art.

Ms Sturgeon says the Government also expects progress to be made in other areas such as a new procurement drive at Dumfries and Galloway Infirmary and newly funded construction work at Inverness College and City of Glasgow College.

Last year nine projects which were detailed in the investment plan were completed and are now in use, Ms Sturgeon said.

She also described works such as the new Forth bridge and the Schools For The Future scheme as having made good progress in the past 12 months.

The Glasgow Southern Hospitals project, at which the minister made the announcement, is said to have created 390 jobs.

"The Government is determined to invest in Scotland's infrastructure, our schools, roads and hospitals, both to stimulate growth in the short term and lay the foundations for long-term success," the Deputy First Minister insisted.

Copyright Press Association 2013