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Enterprise and Skills Review: Report on Phase 1

Enterprise and Skills Review: Report on Phase 1

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

ISBN: 9781786525468

This report on Phase 1 of the Scottish Government's Enterprise and Skills Review outlines Ministers' decisions to achieve stronger governance across a coherent enterprise and skills system; deliver flexible regional support; promote an open and international economy; streamline innovation support; align the functions of Scotland's learning and skills agencies, and develop the right digital and enterprise support.

Executive Summary

Scotland has a vibrant and diverse business base, with strengths across a wide range of sectors. That success is based on the skills and ingenuity of our people, and the maintenance of a supportive and competitive business environment.

Our enterprise and skills agencies - Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, and the Scottish Funding Council - have played a key role in developing this environment and in helping our businesses to thrive and grow, and have contributed to real improvements in our economic performance across.

However, the Scottish Government's ambition is for Scotland to rank among the top performing OECD nations for productivity, equality, sustainability and wellbeing, and further improvement is required. Building on the agencies' work to date, the review outlines how Ministers now seek to achieve stronger governance across a coherent enterprise and skills system; deliver flexible and responsive regional support; promote an open and international economy; streamline innovation support; align the functions of our learning and skills agencies, and work with agencies to develop the right digital and enterprise support.