Scotland Policy Conferences

Meeting Scotland’s skills needs - next steps for policy

June 2019

This seminar will examine the next steps for meeting Scotland’s skills needs.

It is an opportunity for delegates to discuss priorities for the forthcoming Future Skills Action Plan, aimed at building on the work of the Enterprise and Strategic Skills Board to ensure that the right skills are in place to support Scotland’s economy. It also follows the recent publication of the independent new housing and future construction skills report which made a series of recommendations including the need for the sector to make itself more attractive for new entrants and ensure it is adaptable and open to new technologies.

Delegates will discuss 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 which will bring together key partners such as employers, colleges, trade unions and universities to identify a collaborative way forward to enable up-skilling and re-training.

New approaches to meeting Scotland’s future skills needs will also be assessed, including in specific sectors through Innovation Centres, and schemes such as FUTUREquipped and the College Innovation Fund.

Attendees will also consider next steps for meeting regional and rural skills needs, as Skills Development Scotland prepares to publish its rural skills action plan on behalf of The Scottish Government.

We expect discussion on promoting increased levels of coordination between local authorities and national skills agencies, and the development and delivery of Regional Skills Partnerships.

The agenda also looks 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 - including implementing the recommendations of the Learner Journey Review through developing the school curriculum to meet business needs and the future for pupil support and career guidance.

Discussion will also focus 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