Working with Partners to Support Skill
7 July 2017
SDS Annual Review published
Scotland's national skills agency funded nearly 64,500 skills
and learning opportunities during the past year.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) also supported the creation or
safeguarding of more than 30,000 Scottish jobs.
The national skills agency works with employers to make sure
they have the right skills at the right time, and individuals to
ensure they can have successful careers.
SDS provides Scotland's careers service, supporting people at
any age or stage in their career.
Last year SDS provided careers information, advice and guidance
to 248,715 people, through over half a million face-to-face
SDS extended its careers service in schools, inspiring young
people at an earlier stage, helping them to develop career
management skills, make informed choices and better prepare for the
changing world of work.
SDS continued to build on the success of re-launched careers
advice and information web service My World of Work with further
teacher resources to support career education in the classroom from
as early as P5.
Watchdog Education Scotland reviewed SDS careers services across
five local authorities last year, with all elements being rated
good, very good or excellent, continuing a consistently high
More young people experienced My World of Work Live! - SDS's
award-winning interactive exhibits and activities designed to
inspire young people's interest in careers in science, technology,
engineering and maths (STEM) - at sites in Glasgow, Inverness, and
The skills agency also funds and promotes apprenticeships.
SDS worked with employers to support a record 26,262
apprenticeship starts last year, with more than three quarters of
those going to 16 to 24-year-olds.
Foundation Apprenticeships for school pupils were taken up by
351 young people in the past year, while up to 379 people will be
able to benefit from work-based learning through new Graduate Level
helped more businesses to recruit apprentices and more young people
to find opportunities, with 27,581 applications made to 5,395
SDS provides direct support to employers across the country,
responding to 4661 employer enquiries in 2016/17.
Last year SDS also continued to support the targeted partnership
approach to job-losses adopted through six Scottish Government
Taskforces, and delivered Partnership Action for Continuing
Employment (PACE) services to 299 employers and to their employees
affected by redundancy.
The Transition Training Fund was introduced to support people
affected by the downturn in oil and gas. More than 1900 people
successfully applied to the fund for help to retrain, improve their
skills or get accreditation that would help them get a new job.
In the year ahead SDS will continue to expand apprenticeships
with up to 1900 Foundation Apprenticeships for pupils and 27,000
employed apprentice places.
New targeted initiative, Next Steps, will also be introduced
across all SDS careers centres this year.
Next Steps offers intensive support for young people aged 16 to
18-years-old who have not yet achieved a positive destination, and
for care experienced young people up to the age of 26.
Skills Development Scotland Chair, John McClelland, said: "We
have worked hard to drive an industry-led, work based approach to
skills development, and deepened our engagement with industry,
employers and education to develop a more comprehensive evidence
base to inform our skills planning.
"We look forward to collaborating more intensively with our
partners as we seek to improve the skills landscape, creating a
simpler and more coherent system of support for businesses and
The SDS Annual Review is available
Source - The Skills Development Scotland