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Policy priorities for meeting Scotland’s skills needs and next steps for apprenticeships

September 2021

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

When it happened…

Thursday, 26 August 2021

What delegates came to discuss…

This conference takes place as policymakers and stakeholders focus on next steps for mitigating the impact of both the pandemic and Brexit on the Scottish labour market, as well as on the attraction of overseas talent to the country.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training; Chris Brodie, Director, Regional Skills Planning and Sector Development, Skills Development Scotland; Colin Lamb, Chief Explorer, Connect Three; and Jennifer Phin, Managing Director, A.C. Whyte and Co.

This will be an opportunity to discuss recently proposed measures from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills for investment and support for workforce development and tackling skills gaps, as well as evaluate the success of the newly re-elected government in achieving the plans set out for their first 100 days, including boosting youth employment and creating green jobs.

Delegates will also consider reports from:

  • the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board on measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the labour market
  • the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery on the impact of learning loss during the pandemic

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • immediate priorities - what is needed from skills development to help drive post-pandemic recovery in Scotland, including priorities for apprenticeships
  • jobs of the future - strategies for supporting the transition to net-zero and preparing those entering the workforce with the skills needed by the future Scottish economy
  • overseas talent - enabling skilled overseas labour to continue to contribute to Scotland’s economic resurgence and assessing the impact of the new immigration system on the labour market

Who attended…

Officials from Education Scotland; The Scottish Government; the Department for Education; the Department for the Economy, NI; the DWP; the Ministry of Justice; and the Welsh Government.

Representatives from Ability Post Production Academy; Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education; Allianz; Archaeology Scotland; Atkins; City & Guilds; City of Edinburgh Council; College Scotland; Construction Industry Training Board; Dundee and Angus College; East Ayrshire Council; Energy & Utility Skills; Greenwood Academy; Highlands and Islands Airports; Hymans Robertson; Lantra Scotland; North Highland College; Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework; Scottish Qualifications Authority; Scottish Social Services Council; Scottish Training Federation; Skills and Education Group Awards; Skills Development Scotland; Skills Training UK; SULSA; The Data Lab; University of St Andrews; University of Edinburgh; University of Glasgow; University of St Andrews; University of Stirling; and University of Strathclyde.

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles