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)7951044809 / +044 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244.

Meeting Scotland’s skills needs - next steps for policy

June 2019

Delegates discussed the introduction of a new funding model for work-based learning and the up-skilling and re-training agenda including the introduction of a National Retraining Partnership as well as new approaches to meeting Scotland’s future skills needs.

Attendees also considered next steps for meeting regional and rural skills needs. This included promoting increased levels of coordination between local authorities and national skills agencies, and the development and delivery of Regional Skills Partnerships.

Delegates also looked at options for ensuring that skills development in Scotland is fit to meet regional, demographic and technological needs, and how best to deliver the Enterprise and Strategic Skills Board’s Strategic Plan - including expanding work-based learning, supporting individuals to up-skill and re-skill and shaping the system to be more demand-led. Further sessions examine the future for aligning education and skills systems and creating effective pathways to key skills sectors with shortages such as STEM.

Discussion focused on the implementation of The Scottish Government’s Economic Action Plan, and expanded up-skilling and re-skilling through programmes such as the National Retraining Partnership, and tackling the challenges to re-training, particularly bringing together key partners.

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