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Skills action plan for rural Scotland: 2019-2021 - key issues and priority actions

Presents an action plan which aims to address skill shortages and gaps, current and future skills needs, talent retention and attraction, and demographic challenges in rural Scotland, through enhancing work-based learning and increasing access to education and skills provision. Explains that rural skills cover traditional sectors such as farming, forestry and fishing, as well as tourism, creative industries, energy, manufacturing sectors and cross-cutting skills. Analyses evidence from stakeholders including Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Lantra, National Farmers’ Union of Scotland, Scotland’s Rural College, the Scottish Training Federation and others. Discusses the impact of issues relating to demographics, employment, productivity, business, education and qualifications on skills. Highlights some of the wider factors which influence skills demand and supply in rural areas such as housing supply, transport, childcare and digital connectivity. Outlines the actions, activities, lead partners, resource implications, timescale and outcomes for five priority areas: better understand the skills rural employers need and align provision to support this; provide individuals with accessible education and skills provision to secure, sustain and progress in their careers in rural areas; develop the current rural workforce through upskilling and reskilling; build a secure pipeline for the future; and take a co-ordinated, strategic approach to tackling skills in rural areas.


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