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Rural skills plan

Monday June 10th, 2019

Securing, sustaining and progressing rural careers.scottishgovernment_logo

A new strategic approach to support the skills needs of rural Scotland has been launched.

The Skills Action Plan for Rural Scotland aims to address skill shortages, talent retention and attraction, and demographic challenges, through enhancing work-based learning and increasing access to education and skills provision.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing launched the Action Plan, which has been developed by Skills Development Scotland in collaboration with stakeholders. Its priority actions include:

  • taking a collaborative approach to delivering skills provision
  • providing accessible education and skills provision
  • upskilling and reskilling the current rural workforce

Speaking at Scotland’s Rural College Barony Campus in Dumfries, Mr Ewing said:

Faced with the fast-paced changes occurring in our workforce, it is absolutely vital that we ensure people continue to have the skills required to enable them to develop and succeed in their working life. The more skills an individual can develop and retain, the more opportunities that person will enjoy in life.

“With the rural economy being a major source of growth, nurturing key sectors such as food and drink, energy and the creative industries, this new approach will help individuals to develop the skills required for jobs across rural Scotland – both now and in the future.

“By better understanding the skills requirements of rural businesses, we can seek to provide more tailored, accessible education and training that will help to upskill and retain people in rural areas, which is essential for the future sustainability of our rural communities and businesses.”

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