New Skills Plan To Grow Childcare Sector by 11,000
12 January 2018
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has
highlighted a need for the nation's Early Learning and Childcare
sector to attract a more diverse workforce to create an additional
11,000 jobs by 2020 to meet expected demand.
SDS has worked with partners to create new national
Early Learning and Childcare Skills Investment Plan
(SIP) for the sector.
plan was created with a sector-led Steering
Group made up of 15 organisations including employers and partners
such as Scottish Government, the Scottish Funding Council, the
Scottish Social Service Council, the Care Inspectorate, the Care
and Learning Alliance, Early Years Scotland and the Scottish
SDS Chief Executive, Damien Yeates said: "The Skills Investment
Plan recognises that the Early Learning and Childcare sector has
the ability to meet growing demand for a skilled workforce.
"There are challenges to meet to ensure growth at such an
ambitious level in the sector.
"The Plan identifies areas that need to be addressed, such as
the lack of flexible learning opportunities; a need to attract more
candidates from diverse backgrounds including males, those aged
over 25 and people from minority and ethnic backgrounds and to
ensure the demand is met with the creation of a high quality
Source - Skills Development Scotland