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Strategic Interventions

Strategic Interventions

 

Each Strategic Intervention has specific aims - for example to increase the competitiveness of SMEs or improve the quality of green spaces in Scotland’s urban areas. Information about the SIs currently operating in Scotland is listed below. The Scottish Government is still receiving SI applications from Lead Partner organisations and the table will be updated regularly.

 

Strategic Intervention   Strategic Aims  Lead Partner Organisation        
Business Competitiveness
  • To enhance the competitiveness of SMEs;
  • To support the capacity of SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets, and to engage in more innovative activity;
  • To provide support for SMEs to operate internationally, stimulating growth and increasing employment, particularly in Smart Specialisation sectors and regionally important sectors located in fragile areas.

Scottish Enterprise

Highlands & Islands Enterprise

LOCAL AUTHORITIES:

Aberdeenshire, Argyll & Bute, Dumfries & Galloway, Dundee, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow City, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney Islands, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Highland, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian.

Developing Scotland’s Workforce

  • To create additional learning places to increase skill levels and meet regional skills demand;
  • To provide courses linked to key sectors, and specialist training focused on Scotland's emerging growth sectors;
  • To develop a new curriculum addressing the workforce skills gaps and better respond to employer needs through new delivery options such as blended learning;
  • To strategically expand Scotland's Modern Apprenticeship programme, creating new links to sectors including science, technology, engineering and mathematics;
  • To create a new work-based learning approach through Foundation Apprenticeships, where activity starts at school and uses a mixture of academic and work-based learning;
  • To support Advanced Apprenticeships – post-school academic and work based education offering progression from Higher National level to degree level;
  • To support key growth sectors by promoting relevant vocational skills at International Standard Classification of Education level 3 and above

Scottish Funding Council

Skills Development Scotland

Employability
  • To promote sustainable and quality employment and support labour mobility;
  • To provide direct routes to sustainable employment for unemployed and inactive people with multiple barriers;
  • To increase the skills and labour market opportunities for employed people with multiple barriers.

Skills Development Scotland

LOCAL AUTHORITIES:

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Highland

Moray, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, Edinburgh City, East Renfrewshire, Falkirk, Fife, Inverclyde, Midlothian, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Perth & Kinross, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian.

Green Infrastructure
  • To improve the quality, accessibility and quantity of green infrastructure in Scotland’s towns and cities;
  • To provide increased and better opportunities for people to improve their health and well-being;
  • To address inequality by creating new green space, and improve existing sites for communities in areas of multiple deprivation and/or for communities living close to vacant and derelict land.
Scottish Natural Heritage
Innovation
  • To promote business investment in research and innovation, developing links and synergy between enterprises, research and development centres and Scotland’s higher education sector;
  • To promote investment in the development of products and services, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, networking, clusters and open innovation through Smart Specialisation;
  • To increase business commercialisation and investment in RTDI, particularly in sectors identified through Smart Specialisation.

Scottish Enterprise

Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Scottish Funding Council

Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Fund
  • To support the shift towards a low-carbon economy;
  • To promote research and innovation in, and the adoption of, low-carbon technology;
  • To encourage investment in low carbon technology and development to exploit Scotland’s vast low-carbon potential.

Scottish Enterprise

Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Scottish Futures Trust

Low Carbon Travel & Transport
  • To increase the number of journeys made by public transport, active travel or low-energy vehicles;
  • To support Active Travel Hubs (facilities and routes to support cycling, walking and public transport use as an alternative to the car);
  • To develop a national smart ticketing scheme;
  • To provide low carbon transport hubs and reliable low-carbon refuelling services at strategic sites.
Transport Scotland
Resource Efficient Circular Economy
  • To preserve and protect the environment and promote resource efficiency;
  • Supporting industrial transition towards a more resource-efficient economy, promoting green growth, eco-innovation and environmental performance management in the public and private sectors;
  • To increase business competitiveness in supported sectors by increasing resource efficiency.
Zero Waste Scotland
Smart Cities
  • Reduce CO2 emissions through the innovative use of ICT;
  • Alleviate traffic congestion through smart mobility planning;
  • Increase citizen engagement through the increased use of mobile technology and social media;
  • Reduce energy use through smart metering and smart grids;
  • Promote better care through new telecare and telehealth technology services.

Scottish Cities Alliance

LOCAL AUTHORITIES:

Glasgow City, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Inverness, Perth, Stirling.

Social Inclusion & Poverty Reduction
  • To support active inclusion through activity including the promotion of equal opportunities and active participation;
  • To increase the financial capacity of the most disadvantaged individuals and households;
  • To increase the number of disadvantaged participants from workless, lone parent and low income households through positive employment or training outcomes;
  • To enable disadvantaged communities to develop long-term solutions to increase active inclusion and reduce poverty;
  • To promote social entrepreneurship and vocational integration in social enterprises and the social and solidarity economy to increase levels of access to employment;
  • To increase the sustainability and capacity of Scotland's social economy to deliver support to the most disadvantaged areas and groups;
  • To support and encourage social innovation ideas and solutions.

Big Lottery Fund

Scottish Government: DG Communities

Scottish Government: DG Equalities, Human Rights and Third Sector Division

LOCAL AUTHORITIES:

Highland, Shetland Islands, Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh City, Perth & Kinross, Renfrewshire, Stirling, Glasgow City.

Youth Employment Initiative
  • The sustainable integration into the labour market of young people, in particular those not in employment, education or training, including young people at risk of social exclusion and young people from marginalised communities.
  • To reduce the number of unemployed, long-term unemployed and inactive, and socially excluded young people in South West Scotland.

Scottish Funding Council

LOCAL AUTHORITIES:

Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire