Corporate plan 2015 - 2020

"I look forward to working with you to make skills work for Scotland"

SDS Chair John F McClelland

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Our corporate plan 2015-2020

We work to deliver the best possible outcomes for Scotland’s economy by focusing on skills planning and development. Find out more about our achievements and ambitions for the people and businesses of Scotland for the year ahead in our Operating Plan for 2016-17.


Employers have the skills to succeed

We work with employers to plan demand for skills now and in the future. Our skills evidence base informs how SDS and our partners design, deliver and invest in services for employers, training and skills provision and opportunities for individuals.


Productivity and fairness rise together

We are committed to driving Scotland’s economy and supporting individual participation in fair and rewarding work. We provide trusted advice and support to help employers grow their business and encourage employers to commit to fair and inclusive practices.


People make great career decisions

We support individuals to develop career management skills so they can move towards education, training and jobs and develop fulfilling and rewarding careers.


Everyone has the same opportunity

We have responsibility and ambition to support equality of opportunity for all. We will work with partners to understand and breakdown systemic barriers and increase participation to drive change in the skills system.

Our partners

We work with partners to achieve our vision for Scotland.

Making skills work for employers

Liz Cameron, Chief Executive Scottish Chambers of Commerce, tells us why it’s important for employers and educators to work together with SDS from an early stage to invest in our future workforce.

Tackling the skills shortage

Brendan Dick, Managing Director BT Scotland talks about the importance of driving a skills agenda and how we can work with employers and educators to help young people identify the right career paths.

Driving economic growth

Ross Martin, Chief Executive, SCDI explains that skills are key for economic growth in Scotland and we need to develop these to allow us to compete internationally.

Importance of skills planning

Lena Wilson Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise explains that partnerships have to be at the heart of driving economic growth in Scotland and it's our skills base that will take us forward.

Meeting industry needs

Hugh Hall Regional College Chair, Central Scotland talks about the importance of working together to better understand, and deliver, Industry needs.

Download our corporate plan

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