Employment: skills and training
This guidance is concerned with buying goods, services or works where training and skills development are considered to be relevant and proportionate. While there may be opportunities arising from buying goods, these are most likely to arise when buying services and works.
It is part of a series of guides which support the sustainable procurement duty tools to help public sector organisations embed sustainability into their procurement processes.
Risk or opportunity
Are there opportunities to generate employment and training opportunities; or develop skills in potential suppliers' existing workforce?
For example, targeted recruitment and training opportunities, apprenticeships, or employment of young people who are not in employment, education or training; long term unemployed or other priority groups.
In relevant contracts, community benefit requirements should be reflected throughout the procurement process, including:
- in the contract notice
- in technical specifications, (that can include the method of production or provision of the requested goods, works or services)
- as part of supplier selection
- in award criteria that can include social and environmental characteristics
- in the contract award notice
This guide explains how to apply training and skills community benefits requirements at each stage of the procurement process.
Contract suitability and market capacity to meet a specific requirement need to be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Preliminary market consultation is crucial to be able to determine whether the market is capable of delivering a specific community benefit or whether requiring such would place too large a burden on suppliers.
The content of this guidance is not to be construed as legal advice or a substitute for such advice, which you should obtain from your own legal advisers if required. Scottish Government is not and shall not be held responsible for anything done or not done by you as a result of this guidance.