Skills & the workforce – hottest topic in Informed Scotland July/August 2014


Despite many other ‘distractions’ expected to keep learning & skills further down the agenda over the summer, there was no shortage of activity to report. Informed Scotland is packed with research studies, surveys, statistics, new courses, new partnerships and of course exam results.

There are some particularly rich reports to delve into, including those in a section headed ‘Skills and the Workforce’. Look out for Skills Development Scotland’s engineering & advanced manufacturing Skills Investment Plan; UKCES’s skills for sustainable recovery report; The Prince’s Trust’s Skills Crunch survey; CBI/Pearson’s Gateway to Growth report; and SCDI & SDS’s Summer Skills Pulse Survey. Not forgetting the UKCES Scottish Employer Skills Survey, and items from the Youth Skills Commission and Skills for Health.

With the Independence Referendum imminent, a selection of impartial resources and references relevant to learning & skills is provided in an annex to this month’s issue, including those from Education Scotland, FutureLearn, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, YouthLink Scotland and CREID at Edinburgh University.

Email [email protected] to request a sample copy. New subscribers will also receive a copy of our Organisations & People Special issued last month. Once again it has been well received, described as ‘a useful reference point‘, ‘Good to have info in one place’, ‘such a useful directory’, ‘Excellent… packed full of really interesting info.’

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