Ensuring Scotland plays its part in the wider world is a critical part of our heritage and ongoing ambitions.
For us, learning is not just about formal education and qualifications, but also about skills development and learning across a whole lifetime.
Regular dialogue with experts in the changing world of work ensures that expert input informs our thinking on the barriers and enablers for economic growth, and helps our members assess what future skills will be required to support Scotland’s full participation in the fourth industrial revolution.
Prosper supports skills development directly via our long-running Productivity Club Scotland and Young Engineers & Science Clubs projects.
We also work in close partnership with further and higher education establishments, representing our members in discussions with the UK and Scottish Governments, and alongside partner organisations we play a significant role in identification of skills gaps.
Our Skills and Employability Leadership Group oversaw the development of our 2020 The Future of Skills and the Fourth Industrial Revolution report, which made recommendations on convening a Scottish Disruption Council to inform, agree and coordinate Scotland’s response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It also called for universities and colleges to expand and develop their offer of flexible, bitesize learning opportunities underpinned by support and incentives from the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council. Everyone in Scotland should have a lifelong entitlement to learning and we called on the Scottish Government to establish an ambitious, universal and flexible Upskilling & Lifelong Learning Fund to empower every Scottish adult to partly or wholly fund reskilling or upskilling opportunities at any stage of their life or career.
We also collated and submitted evidence to the Withers’ Scotland skills delivery landscape review in 2022.