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Policy makers from across the globe met in Glasgow last week to find out more about Scotland's world-leading approach to inclusion in skills and employability.

The three-day visit, hosted by the British Council in partnership with Skills Development Scotland, brought together senior policy makers and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) leaders from Nepal, Colombia, South Africa and Nigeria to discuss global priorities for skills and employability.

The event specifically showcased Scotland and the UK’s approach to supporting inclusion through skills development, delivering quality TVET for different groups and supporting positive outcomes.

Delegates met experts from across Skills Development Scotland, Education Scotland, the Scottish Government, the Federation of Small Businesses, Edinburgh College, the City of Glasgow College, the Western Isles Council, the Scottish Funding Council and international Skills Consultant Muriel Dunbar.

As Scotland’s national skills body, SDS regularly welcomes and shares best practice with international policy makers. This year, SDS has already welcomed representatives seeking advice on innovative and inclusive skills and employability approaches from all over the world, including those from New Zealand, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Norway.  

Common global challenges

Seonag Campbell, Skills Development Scotland Service Development & Delivery Manager said:

“We’ve been delighted to help host this important international dialogue on achieving positive outcomes for marginalised groups through vocational education and skills. We were honoured to have the opportunity to provide an insight into how we’re driving inclusion and productivity through skills with a respected group of international policy makers.

“We found that although there are many miles between Scotland and the countries represented today, we all face common challenges.

“For example, how to harness the potential of digital services to ensure no matter where you live - in a rural or urban area – you receive the same standard of training and education, finding innovative and creative ways to retain talent where it’s needed most, or how best to leverage the power of partnership working to build a sustainable and inclusive future.

Jackie Killeen, Director, British Council Scotland added;

“We were delighted to host this event and it’s fantastic that so many delegates came together in Glasgow. This event provides an exciting opportunity for delegates to build connections and interact with policy makers, colleges and employers and will no doubt provide inspiration for many new connections and further development in TVET”.

 

Inclusive employer

Delegates also visited SDS headquarters in Glasgow to learn more about the organisation’s approach to diversity and inclusion as an employer. Key messages included the importance of attracting employees from the widest talent pool, using accessible and objective processes (such as anonymous application forms), ensuring disabled employees and managers have the right support to perform to the best of their ability, as well as nurturing a young talent programme.

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