Scotland Policy Conferences

Since lockdown, we have been organising our full programme of conferences online. We will continue online until further notice, to ensure we play our part in helping our employees and delegates to remain safe during this time. We are pleased that so many key stakeholders, policymakers and other interested parties - both old friends and new delegates - are taking up the opportunity to discuss public policy issues and network at our impartial seminars. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are. For booking-related queries, or information on speaking, please email us at or contact us using one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7538736244 / +44 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7951044809.
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'Developing the Young Workforce' - next steps for skills development and apprenticeships in Scotland

December 2015

Bringing together stakeholders in education and training, including schools, colleges, training providers, awarding bodies and skills professionals, this seminar provided a timely opportunity to discuss the future of skills development and apprenticeships in Scotland.
It took place one year on from the publication of the Scottish Government's Youth Employment Strategy Developing the Young Workforce - informed by the Wood Commission - which outlined the Government's plan to reduce youth unemployment by 2021.
Sessions assessed progress being made, and next steps, in key areas outlined in the strategy including the development of college partnerships, senior vocational pathways and apprenticeships, and measures to encourage employer engagement with Scottish youth. Further sessions considered plans to reduce gender imbalance and stereotyping within education and employment.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Scotland Policy Conferences seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates