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Regional Skills Assessments offer latest labour market data

18 December 2017 

Fresh intelligence on skills demand across Scotland is now available with the launch of the latest editions of Regional Skills Assessments (RSAs).

Developed by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group (SLAED), the RSAs follow on from October's publication of Jobs and Skills in Scotland: The Evidence which provides a detailed, nationwide look at the trends affecting skills planning and delivery.

The RSAs provide regional and local demand statements to inform investment in skills, including strategic investment by SDS, the SFC and other partners.

Regional and local coverage

The latest RSAs feature:

  • 14 regional insight reports with accompanying slide packs and infographics
  • Four City Deal Reports with accompanying slide packs
  • Summary reports for every local authority in Scotland

The Insight Reports offer a look at the policy landscape and key drivers at national level, a look at the economy, place and people of each region, detailed information on future demand and the implications for skills planning and beyond.

The Summary reports this year focus on the main issues and challenges in the labour market for each local authority as well as implications for skills planning.

Liz Byrne, National Skills Planning Lead at SDS, said: "As with previous versions of the RSAs, we've again listened closely to partners and stakeholders to ensure they get the maximum value from the data.

"For this reason, the new RSAs include forecasting that will help users to identify trends which can be useful for informing skills planning.

Demand for intelligence

Publication of the data was welcomed by Pamela Smith, Chair of SLAED.

She said: "Regional Skills Assessments are a useful tool in helping to inform policy, prioritisation and funding decisions ensuring a better alignment with employer needs within our local economic geographies.

"The RSAs will make a positive contribution to the ongoing development of our city, regional or local growth plans making sure that we maximise opportunities for inclusion, productivity and economic growth."

Liz added: "There is an increasing demand for this detailed labour market intelligence, and SDS is leading the way in creating a robust evidence base that can be used to ensure investment in skills is as effective as possible."

Source - Skills Development Scotland Website

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