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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.

SDS on Twitter

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Great to be working with @SCDINews again for #ScotMAWeek16! Looking ahead to the Foundations for the Future event. https://t.co/wpKzR5adhL

Latest news and events

Events 29 February 2016

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2016

Scotland’s annual celebration of the contribution made by Scotland’s Modern Apprentices is just around the corner.

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News 12 February 2016

Refreshed Regional Skills Assessments now available

A clearer picture of Scotland’s skills needs at a regional and local level has emerged thanks to a new series of publications from Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

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News 11 February 2016

Blog: Challenging Traditional Science Career Choices

Jessica Rowson, Project Manager, Institue of Physics

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Events 10 February 2016

Get Connected: Developing Effective Equality and Diversity Practice workshops

SDS is hosting workshop sessions for training providers to give practical support for equality and diversity.

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News 9 February 2016

Modern Apprenticeships on course to hit 25,500 target

More than 19,000 Modern Apprenticeship starts were created by business and industry between April and December last year.

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