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Skills for Scotland: Accelerating the Recovery and Increasing Sustainable Economic Growth



There is a collective responsibility for implementing this strategy. To varying degrees, responsibility lies with employers, individuals, all learning and training providers, the Scottish Government, local government, SDS, the SFC, enterprise agencies, the SQA and SCQF, the third sector, trade unions, SSCs and Industry Advisory Groups. In times of constrained public sector resources it is clear that only by strengthening this collective responsibility and by delivering a new approach to partnership working, focused on agreed strategic priorities, can we make the steps necessary to realise our economic aspirations.

Monitoring and evaluation

Skills CommitteeThe Skills Committee will continue to provide a platform for skills policy development and interventions in Scotland, enabling the SFC, SDS and other partners to deliver change by taking forward and overseeing the implementation of the key priorities and actions identified in this strategy which are relevant to their remit. Its broad membership, including representatives from learning providers, business, trade unions and others will continue to ensure that its advice draws on a wide range of expertise in Scotland and beyond.

ReportingProgress towards the ambitions for skills will continue to be monitored and reported at regular intervals on the Scottish Government website. Progress towards the National Training Programme targets for 2010-11 will be reported by SDS. These are:

  • 15,000 Modern Apprenticeship places;
  • 14,500 training places between the Get Ready for Work and Training for Work programmes to support the unemployed; and
  • 5,000 flexible training places to support businesses.

In addition SDS will also monitor progress towards the additional 5,000 all-age Modern Apprenticeships, and 800 targeted pathway places for 16 and 17 year olds, which all include ESF funding.

Equalities Impact Assessments

EqualityThis strategy continues to be a framework that sets out the expectations on how all the constituent parts of Scotland's education and learning systems can strengthen their contribution towards a more skilled, more successful and fairer Scotland, with better employment opportunities, higher productivity, and increasing sustainable economic growth. In implementing this strategy and promoting a fairer, more inclusive Scotland we will, together with partners, continue to recognise people's differing needs, situations and goals and work to remove the barriers which restrict progress.

An initial equalities impact assessment has been published alongside this strategy and looks in more depth at barriers which may exist for various groups affected by the commitments made and sets out the approach to ensuring that, as far as possible, these barriers are addressed as the strategy is implemented.

Environmental sustainability

Greener ScotlandA Greener Scotland - improving our natural and built environment and the sustainable use and enjoyment of it - is a strategic objective of the Scottish Government. This skills strategy sets out the ambitions for skills development in Scotland and the contribution that these skills make to improved labour market participation, productivity and economic growth. Increasing the number of people in employment adds to the productive capacity of our economy and makes better use of the human capital potential. It also improves the standard of living of those moving into employment and supports a more equitable distribution of the benefits of growth. In implementing this strategy the Scottish Government will promote new innovative approaches to improve the sustainability of training provision and ensure that skills policies and programmes are appropriately positioned to help maximise the opportunities presented through Scotland's transition to a low carbon economy.