Scotland's Economy

  • Celebrating Skills for Life

    6th August 2019 by

    A skilled workforce is the backbone of a strong economy, and Scotland’s economy has gone from strength to strength, despite the shadow of uncertainty cast by Brexit. Our unemployment rate is at a record low, while growth in economic output and exports remain strong. To continue to deliver a workforce that is empowered and confident…

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  • Investors in Young People

    16th October 2014 by

    Published earlier this year, the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce has focused minds on the subject of youth unemployment. Currently, there are 53,000 Young People not in employment, education or training in Scotland. With only 27% of employers offering work experience and 29% employing directly from education in Scotland, there is significant scope and…

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  • Education Working for All

    3rd June 2014 by

    The Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce publishes its final report today. Our Commission sat at an opportune time to look at significantly enhancing Scotland’s approach to vocational education and youth employment. The reforms which have already taken place in schools and colleges as well as the growth in the number of Modern Apprenticeships provide…

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  • Girls into Energy

    10th April 2014 by

        I first wanted to become an engineer when I began the Skills for Work Energy course at Banff and Buchan College (now North East Scotland College) in 2011. I first heard about the course in my second year at Mintlaw Academy when I attended a presentation from a former “energy girl” who had…

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  • Criminals’ cash creating jobs

    29th March 2012 by

    Since 2007, the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme has invested over £45 million of bad money for good purposes. Funds seized from the proceeds of crime is provided to communities to put young people on a positive path in life by offering them the chance to take part in hundreds of thousands of free sporting, cultural, educational diversionary activities and development programmes.

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  • Inverness Campus

    21st February 2012 by

    I was glad to see work getting underway on the new Inverness Campus as the project is already creating some exciting developments for the local economy, with more to come.

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