Developing the Skills for Scotland agenda


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Delivered by Helen McNamara of Skills Development Scotland at the Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS), which took place 1-3 June 2009

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    1. 1. Developing the Skills for Scotland Agenda June 2009 Helen McNamara, National Projects Manager Skills Development Scotland
    2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Skills Development Scotland </li></ul><ul><li>Nature and challenge of skills development </li></ul><ul><li>Part-time learning & preconditions for transformation </li></ul><ul><li>Way forward </li></ul>
    3. 3. Skills Development Scotland <ul><li>… a catalyst for </li></ul><ul><li>real and positive change in </li></ul><ul><li>Scotland’s skills performance </li></ul>
    4. 4. Skills challenge…. <ul><li>Already well qualified against international comparisons </li></ul><ul><li>Attainment levels out perform the rest of UK </li></ul><ul><li>Employment growth rates out perform the rest of UK </li></ul><ul><li>YET, not enjoyed the same or higher levels of productivity </li></ul>Economic – skills utilisation
    5. 5. Jobs and productivity <ul><li>Prosperity depends on jobs and productivity – and both depend on skills </li></ul><ul><li>Employment – UK is 4th in EU; 8th out of 30 in OECD </li></ul><ul><li>Productivity – UK is 10th out of EU 15; 15th out of 30 in OECD </li></ul>UK USA EU
    6. 6. Scotland’s particular challenge
    7. 7. Futureskills Scotland (2006); BERR (2007) Regional competitiveness & state of the Regions Productivity challenge….
    8. 8. Demographics
    9. 9. Skills challenge…. <ul><li>Low paid low skilled (20% of UK employees, April 2006) </li></ul><ul><li>In work poverty (over 50% of poor children live in working households) </li></ul><ul><li>Retention & progression in low wage labour market </li></ul><ul><li>Supply of skilled workforce is outstripping demand </li></ul>Social – inequality & fairness
    10. 10. Trends in workforce skills Low Skilled High Skilled Professor Chris Warhurst Scottish Centre for Employment Research, University of Strathclyde In 2006 there were 2.5m economically active adults with no qualifications, but 7.4m jobs requiring no qualifications for entry. By 2020 there are expected to be 585,000 economically active adults with no qualifications but a similar number of jobs requiring no qualifications
    11. 11. Inter-connectivity Learning System Employer Individual
    12. 12. Preconditions to improve skills utilisation <ul><li>Smoother access to learning and training systems for employers </li></ul><ul><li>Simplified training programmes and learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure funding incentives and learning outcomes are clear for all </li></ul><ul><li>No wrong door for businesses – signposting </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition of differing business needs, size, geography </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on sector specific needs to optimise impact </li></ul>
    13. 13. Preconditions to improve inequalities <ul><li>Establish “rights” – legislate; to train & flexible working </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted in-work support….low paid/low skilled </li></ul><ul><li>Parity of esteem for all learning & optimise SCQF </li></ul><ul><li>Incentivise; greater flexibility in funding systems; ( skills account) </li></ul><ul><li>Greater use of intermediaries (unions & peer networks) </li></ul><ul><li>High quality information & advice; ( local labour markets & sectoral career pathways) </li></ul><ul><li>Build skills and learning into welfare reforms </li></ul>
    14. 14. Role of part time learning The growth & development of part time learning in the workplace is fundamental to achieving a step change in Scotland’s skills performance. Even more important than ever…….
    15. 15. Part time learning & economic downturn <ul><ul><li>Employers to keep investing in talents of current workforce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New skills today provides a stronger future position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skills loss today – skills shortages in future </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less costly now, more costly in future </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most vulnerable individuals in the workforce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All workers need to keep updating skills </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Curriculum for Excellence (C4E) <ul><li>Strong track record of partnerships in schools </li></ul><ul><li>CfE 4 - Skills for Learning Life and Work </li></ul><ul><li>16+ Learning Choices </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom and workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Positive, sustainable destinations </li></ul>
    17. 17. Skills Development Scotland and the National Outcomes
    18. 18. Supporting Socially Deprived Areas through Public Libraries <ul><li>SDS supporting partners involved in youth information strategy through our universal services: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My Learning Space – profile; e-portfolio; e-prospectus; social networking for 16+ MCMC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My Coach – web; contact centre; f2f; centres </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My Learner Account – in the control of the individual </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Way forward How can employers, individuals and the lifelong learning system work together to leverage a greater return from our ca. £5bn investment… that Scotland can address inequality, increase productivity and share the wealth of economic growth?