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Skills Development Scotland launch new jobs and skill report

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has launched the country’s first comprehensive report looking at the statistics, issues and trends that will shape future skills planning and delivery.

'Jobs and Skills in Scotland: The Evidence' provides an overview of the current health of Scotland’s labour market, its performance since the financial crisis of 2008 and an analysis of future projections. 

SDS chief executive Damien Yeates said the report was designed to offer a comprehensive insight to allow all those involved in skills provision – from government to industry, and from local authorities to universities – to plan for the future more effectively.

Mr Yeates, said: “The world of work is constantly evolving through rapid advances in technology, shifting demographics and societal change.

“At a time of unprecedented change and opportunity, it has never been more important to have a clear and comprehensive picture of the skills landscape.

“There are many strengths but also challenges.”

The report highlights key themes around productivity, inclusive growth, demographic shifts and the changing nature of work as being critical areas of focus for the future of Scotland’s labour market.

Mr Yeates said: “To meet these challenges and to achieve Scotland’s ambitions for inclusive growth and increased productivity there has to be a better alignment of skills investment and provision to meet demand.”

The report summarises the available evidence and provides analysis of known and emerging issues affecting the Scottish skills system.

The Fraser of Allander Institute, Glasgow University, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Edge Foundation all provided data and expert input into the report.

Fraser of Allander director Dr Graeme Roy said: “The performance of Scotland’s labour market is critical to our long-term economic prosperity.

“While in recent times employment has risen and unemployment fallen to near record levels, there remains much work to be done if we are to develop a labour market that is more inclusive, supports rewarding work and prepares people with the skills required for the jobs of the future.”

The Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Glasgow Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli said: “It is vitally important that expert opinion and robust data is used when decisions are made that will impact upon us all.

“The University of Glasgow was delighted to be able to add to this important and timely report.”

Mr Yeates added: “We will continue to work with industry and other partners to deliver work-based learning opportunities for young people and industry, while providing early careers advice based on solid labour market insight.”

The report is part of a programme of work to create skills assessment of Scotland’s regions, localities and key industries.

An overview of the report can be found here, and the full report here

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