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2015 - 2020 Corporate Plan

Creating a strong, vibrant and diverse economy

We’re proud to be the skills agency for Scotland.

With more than 1,200 colleagues working across the country in schools, careers centres and partner locations, we are passionate about skills development and its contribution to a modern, innovative and prosperous Scottish economy.

We are committed to building a Scotland which champions fair work practices and a diverse workforce.     

Working with our partners, we strive to ensure employers have the right skills at the right time in high performing, fair and equal workplaces, and that every individual has the skills and confidence to get a job and progress in the workplace, achieving their full potential.

Our support for employers includes tailored skills advice and funding for workforce development, with 25,000 new Modern Apprentices starting each year. Recognising the benefits this brings to employers, individuals and the economy, we are committed to increasing this to 30,000 by 2020.

Our support helps people find rewarding careers

We also provide careers information, advice and guidance, and work-based training programmes aimed at building the career management skills that will enable them to thrive in a changing economy.

Along with our partners we are forging strong relationships between enterprise and the providers of education and training. This includes championing the wide range of pathways into work, ensuring each route is recognised and valued, while supporting inclusion and diversity in fair and productive workplaces.

We are also committed to providing greater support to school pupils earlier to help them on the path to sustainable and rewarding careers.

How does this work in practice?

Our approach is summarised in the Skills Planning Model.

Working with partners we are focusing on improving the response of education and training to the needs of industry by more closely matching educational provision to need at a regional level.

The information and data we collate informs the planning and investment of future skills provision.

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Latest news and events

Events 9 October 2016

Skills Development Scotland has teamed up with the Daily Record for the first Scottish Apprenticeship Shows

Taking place in Glasgow and Edinburgh in October, it's the perfect opportunity for youngsters to talk to employers, ask questions and get the right information. A whole host of sectors will be represented – from engineering to retail to media – so there is bound to be something for everyone.

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Events 14 June 2016

Creative students and graduates get chance to attend Small is Beautiful

Students, graduates and creative professionals at the start of their careers are being given the chance to attend a conference on world of small creative enterprise.

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News 27 May 2016

How one game of football changed a Modern Apprentice's life

Kieran Martin could never have predicted his Business Administration apprenticeship would lead to him playing football for Scotland.

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News 26 May 2016

The search is on for Scotland's Apprentice of the Year

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has launched the search for the country’s best apprentices and their employers.

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News 26 May 2016

Blog: expansion of SDS careers services in schools

Skills Development Scotland's Head of Career Management Skills Development and Delivery James Russell tells us more about the work to expand careers services in schools from June 2016.

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