Scotland Policy Conferences

Next steps for apprenticeships and skills development in Scotland

Morning, Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Central Edinburgh


This seminar will provide a timely opportunity for delegates to discuss the next steps for Scotland’s skills development and apprenticeships policy following introduction of the Apprenticeships Levy and the rollout of foundation and graduate apprenticeships.

Delegates will consider options for promoting vocational qualifications as a positive pathway for young people, including the need for increased uptake from groups such as women, BME communities and individuals with disabilities.

Sessions will focus on the rollout of foundation apprenticeships - with delegates assessing how the qualification can develop greater partnership working between education and industry - and the introduction of graduate apprenticeships across Scottish universities, considering their potential impact on addressing the mid-career skills gap.

Further sessions will focus on implementation of the Apprenticeship Levy, introduced in April 2017, and discuss the implications of the Levy on companies working in multiple regions of the United Kingdom. They will look at ways in which to offset uncertainty surrounding the working of the Scottish Government’s Workforce Development Fund, which aims to support employers design and implement workforce development and training programmes.

Guest of Honour

Diane Greenlees

Head, Foundation and Graduate Level Apprenticeships, Skills Development Scotland

Guest of Honour

Diane Greenlees

Head, Foundation and Graduate Level Apprenticeships, Skills Development Scotland

Keynote Speaker

Jamie Hepburn MSP

Minister for Employability and Training, The Scottish Government


Bill Bowman MSP

Member, Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee

Daniel Johnson MSP

Shadow Education Minister, Scottish Labour Party


Eliot Jordan

Economic Development Officer, South Lanarkshire Council

Ian Hughes

Partnerships Director Scotland, CITB

Maggie Morrison

Vice President, Scotland, CGI

Connor Waldron

former Foundation Apprentice in Manufacturing and Engineering

Aileen Ponton

Chief Executive, SCQF Partnership

Talat Yaqoob

Director, Equate Scotland

Pam Crawford

Project Associate, Scotland, Career Development Institute

Dr Sally Smith

Dean, School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University

Gregor Scotland

Senior Policy Executive, CBI Scotland

Helen Young

Depute Head, Engineering, West Lothian College

Andrew Witty

Director of Sector Policy, Colleges Scotland