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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 16 November 2016

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

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

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Events 14 October 2016

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

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

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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 repres...

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Events 26 September 2016

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

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

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Events 14 September 2016

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

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

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