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SDS launches new jobs and skill report

Skills Development Scotland 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.”

“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.”

Read the full report here: