Open Call for evidence

Scotland’s economy has already seen, and is predicted to undergo further, rapid change. The global rise of automation and digitization – accelerated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – is changing the future of work – the nature of work and how it is done as well as when and where work is carried out. These changes, in turn alter the mix of skills and talent required in the economy.

Low-skilled, repetitive jobs are considered most at risk of impact from automation in the future. Many others will change fundamentally as tasks are automated. Skills needs will also change in response to increasing disruption in the economy, and the need to support workers from declining industries into the opportunities available through both emerging and growth jobs and sectors.

The rapidly changing economy has implications not only for those already in the labour market but also for young people about to enter the world of work. They need to be prepared to be the agile problem solvers and team players of the future.

These skills requirements intersect with other challenges in the labour market, such as inequality, poverty and an ageing population, to create a complex range of challenges that require to be addressed.

Call for submissions

Skills Development Scotland, the national skills agency, is developing a new Strategic Plan for 2022-2025 and is seeking views to feed into the development process.

We welcome submissions from any individual or organisation in response to the following questions:

  • a) What needs to happen in the learning and skills ecosystem in response to the changing world of work and the identified challenges in the Scottish labour market? b) How can that be achieved?
  • How can we best ensure that the demand for skills from Scotland’s employers is matched by the skills of Scotland’s workforce?
  • Are there examples of best practice already happening?
  • How could/should SDS help facilitate the necessary changes?

As an organisation we are committed to pushing the boundaries of public sector delivery, achieving excellence through continuous improvement and being a fair and inclusive employer.

We have been delighted in the last year to be awarded 7 Star status from EFQM, Gold Investors in People and Platinum Investors in Young People, in recognition of our work in this regard. However, in the current climate, we recognise the need to continually focus on our organisational diversity, adaptability, efficiency, resilience, and sustainability.

Towards this aim, we also welcome responses to the following questions:

  • What areas could/should SDS focus on in continuing our journey to become the best organisation we can be?
  • Where is there evidence of best practice we can learn from?

How to respond

Please email a word document with your response to planningandpolicy@sds.co.uk by 9am on Wednesday 15 December 2021.