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Skills Development Scotland (SDS) supports employers to use skills development for growth and success.

The web service Our Skillsforce helps businesses recruit, develop and plan their workforce. It contains national and local information on the skills support available from public sector organisations in Scotland. This includes a range of funding for business and financial assistance.

Our Skillsforce has a Skills Alert feature so that employers can flag their specific skills needs and be assisted to the best package of support available.

SDS also delivers tailored support. Working with partners, SDS supports inward investment and sectoral growth as well as assisting local businesses, large and small, to benefit from a wide range of funding programmes. These programmes include Modern Apprenticeships, Employer Recruitment Incentives, Flexible Training Opportunities, the Energy Skills Challenge Fund and the Low Carbon Skills Fund.

SDS makes sure its understands employer and industry issues both to shape services to individuals and to provide career management related information to customers. SDS also works with employers and industry groups to articulate and prioritise skills development needs in sectors, through joint production of Skills Investment Plans and Skills Action Plans.