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Creating a strong, vibrant and diverse economy
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.
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.
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).
Jessica Rowson, Project Manager, Institue of Physics
SDS is hosting workshop sessions for training providers to give practical support for equality and diversity.
More than 19,000 Modern Apprenticeship starts were created by business and industry between April and December last year.