SDS is Scotland’s national skills agency and aims to deliver the best outcomes for Scotland’s people, businesses and the economy. 

The Skills Planning Model

The Skills Planning Model is core to SDS’s role and purpose. It shows how we aim to improve the response of education, training and careers services to the needs of industry and ensure that people have the best possible chance of succeeding in the world of work.

In order for individuals to achieve their potential, they must be equipped with the skills that Scotland’s economy and its employers need. Achieving this relies on:

• Building a robust evidence base which articulates the current and future skills demands of Scotland
• Intensive partnership work, at both a local and national level, to ensure that skills investment is evidence-based and aligned with skills demand
• Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) services that understand and use the evidence base, so that individuals are supported to make informed choices.