Skills Investment Plans
We provide a wealth of information on how skills can drive growth and opportunities in Scotland’s sectors and regions. Find out what we, and our partners, are doing to bring these plans to life.
Our Skills Investment Planning approach
Through Skills Investment Planning, we aim to bring skills demand and supply closer together.
We contribute to a vibrant economy by supporting individuals to develop the skills industry needs. And we support sectors and regions to make best use of the people, skills and resources available.
The first stage was building Skills Investment Plans (SIPs). SIPs describe the skills challenges and opportunities across Scotland’s key sectors. They give a picture of the economic and labour market situation, trends in skills and qualification supply and employers’ perspectives on the big skills issues affecting sector growth.
On behalf of the Scottish Government, we worked with Industry Leadership Groups and other key industry players to develop these plans. They were created through a process of labour market and skills supply research and analysis, industry consultation and action planning with industry and partners across Scotland’s education and skills system.
Each SIP is tailored to the needs of the sector. We also ensure that SDS services for individuals and employers line up with the SIP recommendations. With the plans now in place, we’ll continue working with industry and partners to carry out the actions and monitor progress.
Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's Tourism SectorPDF 3459Kb 19 January 2017 Skills Investment Plans
Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's Food & Drink SectorPDF 3424Kb 26 June 2015 Skills Investment Plans
Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's Creative Industries SectorPDF 1897Kb 14 August 2015 Skills Investment Plans
Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's Engineering SectorPDF 1508Kb 08 November 2016 Skills Investment Plans
Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's Financial Services SectorPDF 2400Kb 02 March 2015 Skills Investment Plans
Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's Construction SectorPDF 1185Kb 23 March 2015 Skills Investment Plans
Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's Energy SectorPDF 879Kb 12 January 2018 Skills Investment Plans
Skills Investment Plan For Scotland’s Early Learning and Childcare SectorPDF 3257Kb 11 May 2018 Skills Investment Plans
Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's Life and Chemical Sciences SectorPDF 4440Kb 22 March 2019 Skills Investment Plans
Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's Historic Environment SectorPDF 9392Kb
Skills Investment Plan For Edinburgh and South East ScotlandPDF 2932Kb 05 June 2019 SDS Frameworks
Regional Skills Investment Plan - Glasgow City RegionPDF 3951Kb 20 June 2019 Skills Investment Plans
Regional Skills Investment Plan for the South of ScotlandPDF 5780Kb 23 August 2019 Skills Investment Plans
Regional Skills Investment Plan - Tay Cities RegionPDF 5974Kb 22 October 2019 Skills Action Plan
Skills Action Plan for Highlands and Islands - 2019-2023PDF 8849Kb 05 July 2022 Skills Investment Plans
Ayrshire Regional Skills Investment PlanPDF 1039Kb
Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan
The Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan sets out a clear direction for the reorientation of our skills system, and signals the role that businesses, communities and individuals across Scotland will play in achieving this.
Digital Economy Skills Action Plan
The Digital Economy Skills Action Plan illustrates the importance of digital skills in improving productivity and growth and offers a framework for improving the availability of digital skills across all sectors of the economy.