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25 June 2024

Consultation launched on skills reform

A consultation presenting detailed options for the reform of Scotland’s post-school education system has been published by Scottish Government.

Post School Education and Skills Reform – Simplification of the Funding Landscape, builds on recommendations contained in the Independent Review of the Skills Landscape published in June 2023.

The consultation focuses on options for the funding and provision of apprenticeships and the funding of learner support.

Chair of Skills Development Scotland (SDS), Frank Mitchell said:

“SDS welcomes the publication of more detailed options for reform of the skills delivery landscape.

“We remain committed to working constructively with Ministers, officials and partners to ensure Scotland’s significant investment in post-school education meets the needs of learners, the workforce, employers and the wider economy.

“SDS colleagues, our trade unions and our training partners have shown remarkable resilience during an ongoing period of uncertainty, and I am hugely grateful for their continued delivery of the vital services we provide.

“Our primary focus remains seeking the best possible outcomes for the people and businesses of Scotland and the security and wellbeing of our highly-valued SDS colleagues.”

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As the national skills agency, SDS’s current remit encompasses Scotland’s all-age national careers service, provision and funding of apprenticeships, support for employers including workforce development, national and regional skills planning and co-ordination of Scotland’s redundancy support service.

The consultation on proposals is open until 20 September.