To create a thriving economy, it is essential that the right support is in place for each young person, educator, professional and business to reach their full potential. It crucial that we keep each of these at the forefront of skills delivery.
The Scottish Government has committed to putting skills and apprenticeships at the forefront of its agenda. In the past year alone, we have seen Developing the Young Workforce launched in the islands, the Apprenticeships Levy introduced, the STEM strategy – with a focus on promoting STEM skills – published, A £10m Flexible Workforce Development Fund announced, and significant reviews of the both the Learner Journey and Enterprise and Skills strategy.
At the heart of these is a need for better collaborative working and engagement between skills delivery and industry. Skills gaps and inequality in key sectors – from STEM to hospitality – can only be addressed by providing quality opportunities for the young workforce. Flexible and fit-for-purpose training provision will also become increasingly crucial to meet the needs of different learners as well as effectively up-skill and re-skill the current workforce as many will fill roles that are yet to exist.
Join Holyrood on the 13th of September to hear from our exciting speaker line up about the latest developments in the apprenticeships and skills policy landscape, to examine the key opportunities and challenges ahead for the skills system and to share learning around examples of good practice from across Scotland.
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