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As the national skills body, Skills Development Scotland supports the people and businesses of Scotland by delivering services that help them to achieve their ambitions.

Working with partners we aim to reflect Scotland’s diverse population by making our contribution to ensure equality of opportunity in the skills system.

Through our CIAG services we are challenging assumptions to support young people to make non-traditional career choices; through apprenticeships we are supporting diversity in the labour market and as an employer we are demonstrating best practice in public sector employment.

As part of our equalities action, SDS is currently creating a working group comprising of SDS staff assessors, training providers and employers to consider where equalities provision could be improved in relation to the core skills element of Modern Apprenticeship frameworks.

The first working group meeting will be held on Monday 14th November, 10:30-12:30 in Glasgow.

Core skills are five skills that are key to learning and working in today’s world, identified by employers as the skills most likely to be needed in any work environment. This does not mean that every job will need people who are proficient in all five core skills but it does mean that every job will require some level of ability in some or all of these skills.

The five core skills are:

  • Communication
  • Numeracy
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Problem solving
  • Working with others.

All five core skills must be included in an MA and applied at a minimum required level according to the level of the MA.

SDS is encouraging training providers to attend the meeting and take the opportunity to share experiences and ideas.

If you are interested in joining the working group or would like to make any comments around this project, please get in touch with  and  

To find out more about apprenticeships visit dedicated website

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