We’re working with employers to help them understand the benefits of work-based learning.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) works proactively with companies across the country to support employers to make the most of apprenticeships. 

A team of SDS Employer Engagement Advisers working with SMEs provide skills support and advice. In addition, a team of Relationship Account Executives work with larger employers and help them embed work-based learning into their workforce development strategies to support growth.

“Having listened to employers, a recurring message is that more emphasis on work-based learning and apprenticeships will support skills and an innovative, inclusive and growing economy."

Marion Beattie, Head of Employer Services at Skills Development Scotland

More apprenticeships 

SDS already works with industry and employers, supporting Scottish Government targets for 30,000 new apprenticeship starts each year by 2020.

Working with national and regional partners, SDS has contracted with learning providers with the expectation that up to 5000 young people will take up a Foundation Apprenticeship opportunity in the 2020 academic year – supporting pathways into critical occupations for the Scottish economy. 

Investment in Graduate Apprenticeships continues, and recognising the demand from employers around 1,370 Graduate Apprenticeship places will be available again next year.