We are committed to growing and investing in Scotland's manufacturing sector.
Our Manufacturing Action Plan (MAP), A Manufacturing Future for Scotland, outlines how we will work with industry, our Enterprise Agencies and other key stakeholders to increase investment, innovation and productivity in the sector.
As outlined in the MAP, we are strengthening manufacturing in Scotland by:
- developing the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS), a joint skills academy and centre for manufacturing excellence
- launching a Lightweight Manufacturing Centre to give Scottish companies an edge in new manufacturing processes for lightweight materials
- working with the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) to support and deliver MAP commitments
- supporting Zero Waste Scotland to deliver the Circular Economy Investment Fund and Circular Economy Business Support Service, which will help to deliver economic growth in which resources are reused and recycled
- tackling skills shortages by promoting STEM subjects throughout the school curriculum and improving engagement between industry and education
Manufacturing is vital to Scotland's economy, employing more than 180,000 people across the country. The industry accounts for over half of our international exports, and half of our research and development spend.
We want to improve productivity and increase investment in the manufacturing industry, so that it continues to address regional imbalances, create highly skilled jobs, and grow our economy.
We launched our Manufacturing Action Plan on 15 February 2016, fulfilling a commitment in the Programme for Government.
Led by Scottish Enterprise, we developed the action plan in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council, Skills Development Scotland, and Zero Waste Scotland. A MAP board was established to monitor the delivery of actions as we progress.
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