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Skills Utilisation Leadership Group

Skills Utilisation Leadership Group

An informal dinner took place on 27 May 2008 with the then Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, some business leaders, the STUC and stakeholder representatives. Michael Davis, formally of the Centre for Enterprise, facilitated the occasion with a Think Piece to stimulate discussion. A report of the proceedings was then produced. The Skills Utilisation Leadership Group was subsequently established in September 2008.

The remit of the Leadership Group is to :

  • help raise awareness of how the best use of skills in the workplace can have wide ranging benefits for employers (private, public and voluntary), employees and the Scottish economy;
  • contribute to the development of a programme of research, including where appropriate member organisations commissioning and co-ordinating research; and
  • make recommendations to government, public bodies, employers and unions for further action, including where appropriate member organisations pursuing identified actions.

In addition, the role of individual members is to champion the skills utilisation agenda in their own organisations and beyond.

The members of the Leadership Group are:

Angela Constance MSP (Chair)Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning
Brendan DickBT Scotland
Crawford GilliesScottish Enterprise
Professor Ewart KeepESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance
Dr Janet LoweScottish Funding Council
Hugh McAloonScottish Government
Raymond O'HareOCSolutions (O'Hare Consulting Solutions)
Alex PatersonHighlands and Islands Enterprise
Willy RoeSkills Development Scotland
Martin SimeScottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
Grahame SmithScottish Trades Union Congress
Dave ValentineAngus Council
Graeme WaddellEnergen Biogas
Malcolm WrightNHS Education for Scotland
Col Baird (Secretariat)Scottish Government
Euan Dick (Secretariat)Scottish Government

The Leadership Group has also approved this statement on its approach to effective skills utilisation in Scotland.

Read the Skills Utilisation E-Bulletins which detail progress made to improve skills utilisation in Scotland.

Leadership Group Meetings

Minutes of meetings and associated formal papers of the Leadership Group

The Skills Utilisation Leadership Group met in October 2010 to discuss, among other things, its progress to date. The Group considered that the meeting marked, in the words of one member, the "end of the beginning". Members felt they have moved the effective skills use agenda forward over the past two years and were going in the right direction. However, they also recognised that they are dealing with a difficult and challenging, long-term issue and there remains much for members individually and the Group collectively to do. This report summaries what the Group is achieving.