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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.

SDS on Twitter

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Blog - @craig88 of @CoderScot talks about preparing young people for Our Digital World https://t.co/9Ht1iYr2kr pic.twitter.com/Jh2orP1Fln

Latest news and events

Events 11 December 2015

Get Connected - Supporting young people with disabilities

Skills Development Scotland is hosting a free networking event to raise awareness of the work being undertaken to support young people with disabilities in Scotland to progress onto apprenticeships or training.

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Events 10 December 2015

Powering the Future

An ambitious exhibition lifting the lid on the UK’s energy sector and its future is about to unveiled.

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Events 9 December 2015

Developing the Young Workforce

Stakeholders in education and training are coming together to discuss the future of skills development and apprenticeships in Scotland.

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News 25 November 2015

Premier Inn launches hunt for apprentices

A hotel chain has launched its own Modern Apprenticeship programme, creating 66 vacancies across its 66 Scottish branches.

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News 24 November 2015

Blog: Preparing young people for Our Digital World

Craig Steele - Computing Science education specialist and leader of CoderDojo Scotland

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