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Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has made real progress towards our ambitions for Scotland’s people, businesses and economy in the last twelve months.

Our latest annual review, published today, shows there have been more apprenticeships, enhanced support for individuals to develop their career management skills (CMS), a stronger skills intelligence base and increased engagement with employers.

You can read our 2017/18 annual review in full here but here is an overview of some of our key achievements this year: 

We further strengthened the evidence and forged even closer relationships with key partners to help inform skills provision and help create a more responsive, demand-led skills system for Scotland.

We engaged almost 500 businesses to encourage investment in work-based learning and provided direct support to more than 100 small medium enterprises, helping them to recruit and develop through Skills for Growth

We significantly expanded our work-based learning offer - almost 30,000 Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships.

Next Steps, our new intensive, case-managed service for young unemployed people, was rolled out across Scotland and supported more than 11,400 people aged 15-18.

Careers colleagues supported more than 206,000 school pupils to develop career management skills, whilst there were 2.2 million users on My World of Work, our award-winning career information, advice and guidance web service.

100% of our careers services reviewed by Education Scotland scored at good or above.

We helped thousands of individuals develop the skills they need for work through a range of employability programmes.

Our continued commitment to equality of opportunity for everyone in Scotland, and addressing under-representation and gender-imbalance in apprenticeships has helped increase diversity in Modern Apprenticeship starts.

We invested in and engaged our own staff, relaunching our in-house SDS Academy learning offer and improving digital capability. Your Views, our annual staff survey, showed that 9 in 10 colleagues would recommend SDS as a place to work. 

SDS Chief Executive, Damien Yeates, said: “Our achievements in 2017/18 show that we continue to be committed to making skills work for Scotland.

"Over the past 12 months, we’ve have made significant strides towards achieving our ambitions, and have worked hard to improve the response of education, training and the careers service to the needs of employers and the economy both now and in the future. In the year ahead, we will continue to work closely with our partners to build a strong, inclusive and resilient economy for Scotland.”

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