We provide a wealth of information on how skills can drive growth and opportunities in Scotland’s sectors and regions. Find out what we, and our partners, are doing to bring these plans to life.

Our Skills Investment Planning approach

Through Skills Investment Planning, we aim to bring skills demand and supply closer together.

We contribute to a vibrant economy by supporting individuals to develop the skills industry needs. And, we support sectors and regions to make best use of the people, skills and resources available. 

The first stage was building Skills Investment Plans (SIPs). SIPs describe the skills challenges and opportunities across Scotland’s key sectors. They give a picture of the economic and labour market situation, trends in skills and qualification supply and employers’ perspectives on the big skills issues affecting sector growth.

On behalf of the Scottish Government, we worked with Industry Leadership Groups and other key industry players to develop these plans. They were created through a process of labour market and skills supply research and analysis, industry consultation and action planning with industry and partners across Scotland’s education and skills system.

Each SIP is tailored to the needs of the sector. We also ensure that SDS services for individuals and employers line up with the SIP recommendations. With the plans now in place, we’ll continue working with industry and partners to carry out the actions and monitor progress.

Regional Skills Investment Plans

We’ve now extended this approach to include Regional Skills Investment Plans (RSIPs), which recognise the diverse needs of regions across Scotland. This work builds on Regional Skills Assessment data to take account of the particular challenges, opportunities and drivers at regional level and present a partnership response to these.

RSIPs for Edinburgh and South East Scotland, Highlands and Islands, and Aberdeen City and Shire have now been published. Work has already begun to extend this to other regions in the coming year.

23 August 2019

Skills Investment Plans

Regional Skills Investment Plan - Tay Cities Region

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20 June 2019

Skills Investment Plans

Regional Skills Investment Plan for the South of Scotland

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5 June 2019

SDS Frameworks

Regional Skills Investment Plan - Glasgow City Region

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10 June 2019

Skills Action Plan

Skills Action Plan for Rural Scotland: 2019-21

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10 June 2019

Skills Action Plan

Skills Action Plan for Rural Scotland: 2019-21 - Summary report

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22 March 2019

Skills Investment Plans

Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's Historic Environment Sector

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11 May 2018

Skills Investment Plans

Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's Life and Chemical Sciences Sector

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5 July 2018

SDS Frameworks

Aberdeen City and Shire Regional Skills Strategy

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12 January 2018

Skills Investment Plans

Skills Investment Plan For Scotland’s Early Learning and Childcare Sector

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19 January 2017

Skills Investment Plans

Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's Food & Drink Sector

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8 November 2016

Skills Investment Plans

Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's Financial Services Sector

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29 September 2016

Skills Investment Plans

Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's Tourism Sector

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14 August 2015

Skills Investment Plans

Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's Engineering Sector

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6 October 2017

Skills Investment Plans

Skills Investment Plan For Edinburgh and South East Scotland

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26 June 2015

Skills Investment Plans

Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's Creative Industries Sector

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23 March 2015

Skills Investment Plans

Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's Energy Sector

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11 March 2015

Skills Investment Plans

Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's ICT and Digital Technologies Sector

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2 March 2015

Skills Investment Plans

Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's Construction Sector

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11 September 2014

Skills Investment Plans

Skills Investment Plan for Highlands and Islands

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