• Expanded role for skills Minister

    Expanded role for skills Minister

    The Cabinet reshuffle has resulted in an increased portfolio for the former Employability and Training Minister. Jamie Hepburn will take on the new role of Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills – combining the post of Business Minister...
  • Apprenticeship Awards deadline today

    Apprenticeship Awards deadline today

    The deadline for nominations for the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards ends at noon today (Wednesday, 27 June). The Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise talented apprentices, employers and people who appreciate the benefits of work-based learning. There are new...
  • Employability Review Workshop

    Employability Review Workshop

    A workshop aimed at seeking member feedback on the current Scottish Government Review of Employability Services will be held in Glasgow on Thursday 12 July from 10.00-12.00. This is a repeat of the workshop held on 29 June 2018....
  • FIPS Focus Group

    FIPS Focus Group

    Notes from the latest meeting of the FIPS Focus Group have now been published. This group – which brings together training provider staff using FIPS with SDS staff who manage the system – has helped to highlight the main...
  • Job vacancy – SCQF Partnership – Administrative Officer

    Job vacancy – SCQF Partnership – Administrative Officer

    The SCQF Partnership is currently recruiting for a full time permanent post which will support the organisation’s office management function. Click here for more details.  
  • SDS/STF Quarterly Meeting

    Minutes of the SDS/STF Quarterly Meeting held in March 2018 are now available to download from the Member Section (SDS Meeting Papers) section of this web site.
  • SDS publishes Annual Review 2017-18

    SDS publishes Annual Review 2017-18

    Skills Development Scotland has published an Annual Review covering the period 2017-18. The ten-page document highlights the progress the agency has made in a range of areas in the last year, including with Apprenticeships and Employability. Click on the...
  • Audit Scotland reports on Scotland’s colleges

    Audit Scotland reports on Scotland’s colleges

    Audit Scotland has published a report on the financial position of Scotland’s colleges. It noted that the sector had a small financial surplus last year, compared to an £8m deficit the previous year. However, the recent pay harmonisation deal...
  • SQA to issue FA certificates

    SQA to issue FA certificates

    SQA will shortly be issuing the first Foundation Apprenticeship commemorative certificates to candidates who have successfully completed their apprenticeships. Certificates will be issued after centres have entered candidates and their corresponding results for both the individual qualifications and units...
  • School leaver destination statistics

    School leaver destination statistics

    Scotland’s Chief Statistician has published summary statistics for school leaver destinations. Results show that 92.9% of 2016-17 school leavers were in a positive destination in March 2018; the highest rate since 2009/10.  Compared to the previous school leaver cohort...