The Skills Action Plan for Rural Scotland sets out our partnership approach to developing the skills and talent needed to make sure that Scotland’s rural economy and communities continue to flourish and grow. 

Scotland’s rural economy has an important role to play both through the significant contribution it makes to national economic output but also in providing employment opportunities for people living in our country’s rural, remote and coastal communities.

We know that people are key to driving forward our rural communities – making them sustainable and inclusive places to live, work and thrive.

The Skills Action Plan for Rural Scotland seeks to ensure that we have the right people with the right skills and support inclusive growth by focusing on five priority areas for action:

  • To better understand the skills rural employers need and align provision to support this
  • To provide individuals with accessible education and skills provision to secure, sustain and progress their careers in rural areas
  • To develop the current workforce in rural areas through upskilling and reskilling
  • To build a secure pipeline for the future
  • To take a coordinated, strategic approach to tackling skills in rural areas 

Skills Action Plan for Rural Scotland

The skills action plan focuses on developing the skills required for the jobs in rural areas now and in the future.

Skills Action Plan for Rural Scotland

The skills action plan focuses on developing the skills required for the jobs in rural areas now and in the future.

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Rural infographics

Regional Skills Assessments (RSAs) are a single, agreed evidence base created to inform future investment in skills.

The infographics below use Oxford Economics forecasts for the 2019-2029 period to show current and future economic contribution, as well as current and future demand for skills in the areas.

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