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The Gaelic language labour market: the evidence - data report

Presents the findings of research that examined Gaelic language skills in Scotland, in order to illustrate the current state of the Gaelic labour market and ways in which it might be supported and developed. Provides an assessment of the scale of Gaelic language usage in Scotland and a snapshot of the employment and business base using Gaelic language, based on the employer survey carried out as part of this study. Outlines the drivers of change and growth, and the challenges faced in the promotion and adoption of the Gaelic language. Sets out the current picture of the supply of education and training for Gaelic language, reviewing current levels of provision and detailing the types of qualifications and training available. Discusses issues arising in the Gaelic language skills pipeline. Outlines the key findings, including that: the most important sectors for Gaelic language recruitment and Gaelic being an economic asset are public administration, creative industries, education and tourism; there has been an increase in the number of people under 25 who can speak Gaelic; and that nearly three quarters (73 per cent) of Gaelic essential full-time and 82 per cent of Gaelic essential part-time posts reported in the survey are held by women, due to the concentration of Gaelic posts in education and early years settings.


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Skills Development Scotland; Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Bord Na GĂ edhlig
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