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SCDI Skills and Employability Summit to hear from Minister

Tomorrow (Wednesday 31 October) SCDI and its Partners will host a Skills and Employability Summit at the Prince’s Trust Wolfson Centre.  The Summit will hear a keynote address from Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, and will feature three panel sessions with 11 contributors from the private, public, social and academic sectors.

The Summit aims to start a conversation about the skills and training opportunities needed to ensure that Scotland is a highly skilled global nation, supporting the needs of businesses and the economy of tomorrow, whilst being reflective and inclusive of the society that we live in.  A key driver for this is the transition of Scotland’s existing talent pool of people in to new roles, where digital disruption has impacted on existing roles,  or where technology has or will displace roles completely.

Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills Jamie Hepburn, said:

“We are committed to ensuring Scotland has a skilled and productive workforce in future, and one which can support our transition into new digital and technology driven economic opportunities. I look forward to being involved in the discussion and hearing the ideas generated at SCDI’s Skills and Employability Summit on these issues and how, collectively, we can make those changes in Scotland in future.”

The Summit will launch a new SCDI Skills and Employability Leadership Group that will be chaired by SDS and will start work in early 2019.  The Group will take the outputs from the Summit and – among other things – will develop a roadmap for Government and stakeholders to implement that outlines how Scotland can become the world’s most highly skilled nation by investing in skills and education provision, service providers transformation and lifelong learning.

Jonathan Clark, service design and innovation director at SDS, commented:

“SDS is delighted to be partnering SCDI’s Skills and Employability Summit and look forward to engaging with industry on the day. It is by doing this that we can all better understand current and future skills demands, shape provision and inform investment in the skills system to meet future industry needs in an ever-changing world of work.

“The Summit will see the launch of SCDI’s Skills Leadership Group which SDS will chair in the coming 12 months. We are pleased to have the opportunity to engage with SCDI members on future skills requirements and provision and to work with industry to further understand the meta skills the workforce of the future will require.”

SDS is one of 6 Partners that have signed up to be part of the Summit and subsequent Leadership Group.

 Dr Christine Currie, director at OPITO, explained:

 “We are delighted to support this important event that focuses on the continuously changing skills landscape in Scotland.  Whilst supporting the needs of our businesses and the economy is vital, we must also evaluate the demands and requirements of our learners and adapt our methodologies to embrace new technologies where relevant.

“Together we can develop links, pathways and bridging provisions to ensure effective opportunities for both employers and learners by creating partnerships and modes of collaboration amongst stakeholders.”

 The SCQF Partnership’s chief executive, Aileen Ponton, added:

“SCQF Partnership is delighted to be asked to contribute to this SCDI event. As is outlined in the agenda the world of work is changing and we need to make sure that both education and employment keep up with those changes.

“The SCQF provides tools to allow quicker turnaround of programme and qualifications development, a set of universal descriptors which can be utilised to develop job descriptions, person specifications and skills audits. All of these will be more and more useful as we  move to jobs and associated training having to be even more flexible and responsive.”