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Scotland skills 2030: the future of work and the skills system in Scotland

Looks at how Scotland can improve its skills system in order to position its workforce to meet the opportunities and challenges presented by demographic and technological change, decarbonisation and the EU referendum. Outlines recent policy changes affecting the skills system such as the Scottish Business Pledge, the Apprenticeship Levy and Individual Learning Accounts. Discusses funding bodies and the different learning routes currently available. Explores the state of the labour market looking at economic growth, employment rates, pay rates, rates of progression, productivity rates and skills mismatch. Looks at the existing skills system identifying areas of overlap in provision and gaps in the system. Explores whether employers are providing enough training to plug skills gaps. Outlines the challenges Scotland faces in the future and how they might affect the workplace. Suggests that by 2030 people will work for longer, having multiple careers, and will need to learn new skills throughout their lives. Makes recommendations for change such as setting up an Open Institute of Technology to plug the mid-career provision gap and creating tripartite career progression arrangements between provider, learner and employer.


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Thomas, Rachael; Gunson, Russell
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