Electronics Scotland's newly-launched Action Plan for the country's beleaguered technology sector is threatening to turn into a damp squib following the revelation that it will receive no new public funding and its aggressive dismissal by leading politicians.
The Electronics Industry Action Plan, a five-year initiative launched last week, is intended to address skills shortages, develop supply chain initiatives and promote R&D.
But a spokeswoman for Scottish Enterprise, which is backing the programme, admitted that the government would not be offering any new money to carry out the programme. Instead, other schemes are to be cut or postponed.
"The money's from existing budgets but redirected to electronics," she said.
Kenny MacAskill MSP, the Scottish National Party's shadow minister for enterprise, dismissed the plan almost as soon as it was published.
"Anyone could have written it, it's a wish list," he told Electronics Times. "There's plenty of spin but where's the substance? Is it going to be followed up by action?"
MacAskill called on Wendy Alexander, the Scottish Executive's minister for enterprise, to make a more robust commitment to the country's beleaguered high tech sector.
He also wants a debate on the Action Plan in the Scottish Parliament so that MSPs can get a clearer idea of how it is being funded.
According to Alexander's spokeswoman, there is no plan for such a debate.
Even the launch of the action plan was described by the Scottish Enterprise spokeswoman as a low-key "talking heads thing".
The initiative was unveiled by Alexander, Hugh Aitken, chairman of Electronics Scotland, and Robert Crawford, CEO of Scottish Enterprise.
"Electronics Scotland's role will now be to track the outputs from the action plan and be ready to change the focus of the plan as the industry transforms," Aitken said.
"We have to adapt to the changing global landscape, look at alternative ways of working and think creatively if we are to have a sustainable electronics sector in Scotland."
Under the plan, Scottish Enterprise has earmarked £2.5m for retraining through the Modern Apprenticeships scheme. However, the money is 'matched' funding and will only materialise if the industry puts forward the same amount.