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Our work with careers

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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 25 May 2017

Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2017

Rewarding the next generation of leaders in renewables

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Events 29 March 2017

North East Employment Support Event targets oil and gas workers

Employers invited to take part in jobs fair for workers facing redundancy

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Events 21 March 2017

Making skills work for employers: West Dunbartonshire work-based learning event

Skills Development Scotland will be in Clydebank outlining the opportunities available to employers within the Apprenticeships Family.

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Events 7 March 2017

Making skills work for employers: Aberdeen work-based learning event

Find out about the latest developments in the Apprenticeships Family.

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News 14 February 2017

Apprenticeships on course to meet targets

Employers and industry across Scotland are on course to meet targets for Modern Apprenticeships. Skills Development Scotland has published statistics for the third quarter of the year showing Modern A...

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