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Fresh intelligence on skills demand across Scotland is now available with the launch of the latest editions of Regional Skills Assessments (RSAs).

Developed by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) in partnership with Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), Scottish Government, the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group (SLAED) and the South of Scotland Economic Partnership (SOSEP), the RSAs follow on from the launch of the RSA Data Matrix in August.

RSAs provide a robust evidence base of skills demand across Scotland in order to guide and inform future investment, and reflect the latest developments in skills planning.

They also underpin the first step of the skills planning model developed by SDS and SFC to ensure greater alignment between skills supply and demand.

Liz Byrne, National Skills Planning Lead at SDS, said: “In the five years since RSAs were first launched they have become an increasingly important part of the skills planning landscape.”

“They have continued to evolve in order to reflect policy developments, and our RSA steering group now includes representatives from Scottish Government and the South of Scotland Economic Partnership, which illustrates how valuable a resource they are to partners as well as to SDS.

“The launch of the RSA Data Matrix in the summer, which is based on more than 80 economic indicators, was warmly received by both colleagues internally and by partners externally, and we hope the latest RSAs will be similarly welcomed.”

Anyone with an interest in receiving the latest Labour Market Information and analysis is also encouraged to sign up for the quarterly Skills Focus Scotland newsletter produced by SDS’s Evidence Base Team.

The newsletter provides access to the latest research by sector and by geography as well as looking at relevant themes ranging from Brexit to demographics. Anyone can sign up at the bottom of the Regional Skills Assessments web page.

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Read the latest Regional Skills Assessments.

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