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Details of our policies, including equality and diversity and procurement

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 24 May 2016

Tech conference to host free interactive coding workshop for Scottish schools

Europe’s leading event for agile software developers is to host six bespoke workshops for primary and secondary school pupils in Edinburgh this May.

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Events 10 May 2016

Fraserburgh Employment Support Event

Advice and support for anyone across the Fraserburgh area who is looking for work or at risk of redundancy is on offer at an event taking place at North East Scotland College in the town.

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Events 4 May 2016

Scottish Textile Industry Showcase & Modern Apprenticeship Awards

The Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership is offering a chance to hear about the benefits of the Modern Apprenticeship programme.

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Events 26 April 2016

Discovering Digital World - Glasgow 26 April

What could a career in tech offer you or your child?

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News 22 April 2016

BBC Scotland launches search for apprentices

The first steps towards a career in the creative industries is offer with BBC Scotland, with the latest intake of its successful Modern Apprenticeship programme now open for applications.

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