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



Our vision is for a successful, globally competitive economy based on high skilled and better paid jobs, high productivity, fairness, and high quality public services. This sits strongly within the National Performance Framework, the overarching Purpose for government and public services to increase sustainable economic growth with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, and the Scottish Government- COSLA Concordat with its Single Outcome Agreements agreed within Community Planning Partnerships across Scotland. To help realise this vision a smarter, more ambitious Scotland is required where:

  • creative, innovative, enterprising people:
  • are aware of the skills they possess and can use them effectively; and
  • are engaged in competitive public and private sector organisations with ambitious, progressive and innovative leadership and management.
  • high skill, high productivity, healthy workplaces enable people to perform at their best.
  • a cohesive and efficient learning and careers system centred on the individual that anticipates and responds to employers' needs:
  • supports the lifelong development and use of skills;
  • provides high quality learning opportunities and continually improves; and
  • recognises and credits the learning individuals have undertaken and enables them to progress through the learning system seamlessly.
  • national and local government policies for investment, enterprise, skills, innovation and competition support the development and best use of skills in the workplace.
  • the nation is a model of best practice in tackling climate change with businesses capitalising on the opportunities that a low carbon economy will bring, creating new employment for a skilled workforce and driving the adaptation of existing jobs.

To achieve this vision skills policy will focus on four priority themes - empowering people, supporting employers, simplifying the skills system and strengthening partnerships.

This strategy aims to promote equal access to and participation in skills, career information, advice and guidance and learning activities for everyone. It is intended to promote equality of opportunity to those who face persistent disadvantage and to improve the numbers of people economically active across all groups within society.