Informed Scotland Dec22/Jan23 – Reviews, trends & podcasts

The last two months were prolific for learning & skills, despite including the festive period. Alongside numerous new courses and resources, annual statistics and surveys, and budget, investment and personnel announcements, take a look at: There was also news for podcast fans. A Wee Bit of Everything was launched by the Scottish Association of Teachers […]

Informed Scotland Learning & Skills Hottest Topics 2022

Which learning & skills topics appeared on the most covers of Informed Scotland over the past year? Here’s the tenth annual list. =1. Recruitment, vacancies & workforce shortages (NEW) =1. Qualifications, exams, assessment & review (=9 in 2021) =3. Energy transition & net zero skills & jobs (NEW) =3. Skills shortages & gaps – upskilling […]

2022: Taking stock & saying thanks

AJ Enterprises has been busy throughout another challenging but productive year. Angela has continued to work with, for or alongside some fabulous clients, associates and coworkers. It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since I took the plunge and began producing the learning & skills digest Informed Scotland. The 100th issue was published in […]

Informed Scotland November 2022 – Cost of living crisis & wellbeing

Two themes featured across the learning & skills landscape in November – the cost of living crisis and wellbeing – with the former undoubtedly affecting the latter. Wellbeing was also a main theme exactly a year ago, although then the driver was the Covid-19 pandemic. This year the impact of the pandemic is only one […]

Informed Scotland October 2022 – Energy transition & net zero

A year ago, ‘Climate change education’ made the Informed Scotland cover. It was pushed there by actions (such as these by Education Scotland) to coincide with Glasgow hosting COP26. This year, Energy transition & net zero is on the cover while COP27 is taking place. However, this has less to do with COP27 and more […]

Informed Scotland September 2022 – Discussion, review, reform

Skills gaps and workforce shortages continue to cause concern. And more sectors and organisations are considering how to navigate and mitigate the impact of the cost of living crisis. ‘Poverty’ features in five separate items in this month’s issue, from Education Scotland, College Development Network (CDN), Youth Scotland, Audit Scotland and Scottish Sports Futures. However, […]

Who’s where in Scottish learning & skills? 2022

The 10th Informed Scotland Organisations & People Special has just been published to coincide with the start of the 2022–23 academic session. This annual snapshot of a busy, dynamic landscape helps our subscribers to quickly locate the key organisations and make sense of where they fit into the bigger picture. They find it a useful […]

Informed Scotland June 2022 – The skills shortages challenge

The ongoing problem of skills shortages was the focus of much attention in June. Their impact on recruitment, staff workload, business output, profitability and growth, and even the ability to meet net zero targets and manage energy costs, is highlighted in a range of reports, including: The Open University’s annual Business Barometer Scottish Government’s Scottish […]

Informed Scotland May 2022 – Adult learning & the young workforce

This edition marks 10 years since the first issue of Informed Scotland! As long-standing subscribers and followers know, each year at this point I like to remind us all that in May 2012 youth unemployment in Scotland stood at a miserable 23.1%. It currently stands at a much improved 5.6%, which looks even more impressive when […]

Informed Scotland April 2022 – 100th issue of the learning & skills digest

Issue 100 includes key Covid-19 guidance and announcements up to 5 May. With the Easter break in April and local government elections approaching, it was a relatively quiet month for learning & skills, with no major announcements. There are a number of items worth highlighting, however: The Open University’s report with Public Sector Executive on […]