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Skills for Scotland

The Government's skills strategy, Skills for Scotland: Accelerating the Recovery and Increasing Sustainable Economic Growth sets out a new, flexible, responsive partnership approach to meeting Scotland's skills needs at a crucial point in our economic recovery.

The strategy is closely aligned with the Government Economic Strategy that sets out the Scottish Government's central purpose of creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth.

  • Skills Strategy

    The refreshed skills strategy makes clear the government’s commitment to skills and training to help address Scotland’s skills needs and improve economic performance. The strategy has four priority themes: empowering Scotland’s people, supporting Scotland’s employers, simplifying the skills system, and strengthening partnerships.

  • Career Information Advice and Guidance

    Careers services contribute to increasing sustainable economic growth and to delivering high levels of employment.

  • Effective Skills Use

    Making better use of skills is about creating a workforce full of confident, motivated and relevantly skilled people who are aware of the skills they possess and know how to best use them. These individuals need workplaces that provide them with meaningful and appropriate encouragement, opportunity and support to use their skills effectively.

  • National Training Programmes

    The National Training Programmes currently comprise a suite of programmes aimed at helping individuals to get into work and to develop in work by developing their job skills. All involve work-based training or placements as well as support from training providers.

  • Information Hub

    A useful list of links to take you to partner organisations with a role to play in skills development.

  • Apprenticeship levy

    The apprenticeship levy will support a range of employment measures including the delivery of 30,000 Modern Apprenticeships starts each year by 2020 and the establishment of a new Flexible Workforce Development Fund to help employers up-skill and re-skill their workforce.

Enterprise and Skills review

Our review of the support offered by our enterprise and skills agencies will ensure that our young people, businesses, workforce, training providers, universities and colleges all receive the joined-up support they need.