Scotland Policy Conferences

We are continuing to organise full-scale virtual conferences which retain all the features of physical seminars, including full programmes, presentations with slides, panel discussions and live delegate questions and comments sessions, person-to-person and group networking, and a permanent record provided to all delegates afterwards. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time, so there are plenty of opportunities to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are.
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Policy priorities for meeting Scotland’s skills needs and next steps for apprenticeships

September 2021

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
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


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by 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. Also due to attend are 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.

A press pass has been reserved by a representative from The National.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

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