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Priorities for skills development and apprenticeships policy

Guest of Honour: Senior speaker from Skills Development Scotland

Thursday, 8th December 2016
Central Edinburgh
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Delegates at this seminar will discuss the policy priorities for skills development in Scotland. It takes place in the context of the 2016 annual report on the Scottish Government’s Developing the Young Workforce strategy for reducing youth unemployment, due to be published in December 2016, this seminar will provide a timely opportunity to discuss the policy priorities for skills development in Scotland.
Sessions will assess progress being made, and next steps, in key areas outlined in the strategy including the development of college partnerships, senior vocational pathways, and measures to encourage employer engagement with Scottish youth. Delegates will also consider plans to reduce gender imbalance and stereotyping within education and employment, in addition to the potential impact of the new Professional Baccalaureate qualification.
Further sessions will discuss the direction of apprenticeships policy in Scotland, with the Apprenticeship Levy due to be introduced as of April 2017 and Foundation Apprenticeships to be rolled out in every secondary school by 2020.
The seminar will bring together key policymakers in the Scottish Government and Parliament with stakeholders in education and training, including schools, colleges, training providers, awarding bodies and skills professionals, and the wider business community.
We are delighted that a senior speaker confirmed from Skills Development Scotland has agreed to deliver a keynote address.
At this early stage further speakers include: Russell Gunson, Director, IPPR Scotland; Julie-Anne Jamieson, Chair of Scotland Committee, Career Development Institute; Barry McCulloch, Senior Policy Advisor, Federation of Small Businesses; Michael Moran, Assistant Manager, Council Employability Programmes, Renfrewshire Council; Joanna Murphy, Vice-Chair, National Parent Forum of Scotland; Dr Ken Thomson, Principal and Chief Executive, Forth Valley College; Zoe Thomson, Depute Rector, Woodmill High School, Fife; Iain White, Principal, Newlands Junior College and Eileen Young, Head Teacher, Linwood High School, Renfrewshire.
Daniel Johnson MSP, Shadow Education Minister, Scottish Labour Party and Elizabeth Smith MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, The Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party have kindly agreed to chair at this conference.

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