We work with a wide range of national and local partners to improve, align and integrate our services for customers.

Local partnerships

We work with local authorities and Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) to ensure that our national offers are translated into a local context. Our contributions to local outcomes are captured through CPP Single Outcome Agreements and Youth Employment Activity Plans. 

The Community Planning Partnership (CPP) statistical reports are produced by Skills Development Scotland. Two sets of reports are produced each year at a local authority level.

The first is published by the end of January and contains analysis of:

  • the characteristics of all leavers from publicly funded secondary schools and the destination in which they are reported as at October (initial SLDR)
  • the results of our National Training Programme (NTP) delivery (April to September)
  • the group of 16-19 year olds who are out of work but seeking employment in the reporting month

The second is published in July and contains analysis of:

  • the characteristics of all leavers from publicly funded secondary schools and the destination in which they are reported as at April (follow up SLDR)
  • the results of our National Training Programme delivery (April to March, i.e. the full year)
  • the group of 16-19 year olds who are out of work but seeking employment (as of June)

SDS also produces the SLDR section of the CPP reports at a national level.

Please refer to the publication schedule for the planned publication dates of the CPP reports. In the meantime please contact us by email if you have any questions or require any further information. We also welcome comments on any aspects of the data.

National partnerships

At a national level, our joint management of the Skills Committee with the Scottish Funding Council and our membership of the Strategic Forum, led by the Scottish Government, provides opportunities to inform and shape the skills and learning system so that it meets the needs of Scotland's people and businesses. Our Chair represents SDS on the Scottish Employability Forum to support developments in the employability of Scotland's young people.

The Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board

The Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board (SAAB) gives employers and industry a leading role in developing apprenticeships in Scotland. Their knowledge and experience will help inform decisions about the future of apprenticeships. The Board was created following recommendations from the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce. It's led by employers and representatives from industry bodies across a range of sectors. 

Career Management Skills

We collaborate closely with partners to embed career management skills in their services. For example, we launched a 'Partner Zone' on My World of Work, providing additional support for teachers delivering Curriculum for Excellence through ready-made activities that aim to encourage use of My World of Work in the classroom. It was developed in consultation with 23 partners across Scotland, including teaching and support staff in schools and colleges, training providers, youth workers and community learning and development staff. 

Sector support

We work closely with Industry Leadership Groups, Sector Skills Councils and other employer representative bodies to develop Skills Investment and Action Plans to maximise skills opportunities in sectors offering growth potential.

 

Our Regional Skills Assessments were developed in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council and the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group to provide a single, agreed evidence base which could be used to build future investment in skills.