When you're planning for the future, it helps to know where your industry is going

Working with employers and industry leadership groups, Skills Development Scotland has produced Skills Investment Plans. Each of these focuses on a growth sector. Find out what we're doing to make sure your industry has the talented people it needs to grow. And, discover how you can make the most of the opportunities ahead.

Chemical sciences

The chemical sciences industry employs almost 9,000 people across 230 firms, with 70,000 more in related services. The Skills Investment Plan (SIP) for Chemical Sciences was published in October 2014.

Read the SIP

Construction

The construction industry counts for almost 7% of all Scottish employment. The Skills Investment Plan (SIP) for Construction was published in March 2015.

Read the SIP

The creative industries employ

68,500
people, in 13,800 businesses in Scotland

Creative industries

The Skills Investment Plan for the Creative industries was published in June 2015. It identified key skills issues including the need to develop leadership and business skills within the industry.

Read the SIP

The engineering sector is worth

£9bn
a year (that's 9% of Scotland's economy)

Engineering

The Skills Investment Plan for Engineering was published in August 2014. One of the key themes identified was the need to make the skills supply more responsive.

Read the SIP

Financial services

The financial services sector generates £9.2bn GVA, making up about 10% of our economy. The Skills Investment Plan for Financial Services was published in November 2013.

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Food and drink

The Skills Investment Plan for the Food and Drink industry was published in June 2012. The SIP is currently being refreshed, led by the Scotland Food and Drink Skills Group.

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There are almost

80,000
people working in ICT and digital technology roles in Scotland

ICT and digital technologies

The Skills Investment Plan for ICT and Digital Technologies was published in March 2014. A key issue it set out was the need to raise the profile of the ICT and digital technology sector and careers.

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About

196,000
people work in tourism. That's 8% of all jobs in Scotland

Tourism

The Skills Investment Plan for Tourism was published in March 2013. The SIP is currently being refreshed with the Tourism Skills Group.

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Life sciences

The Scottish life sciences industry is aiming to double its economic contribution to £6.2bn by 2020. The Skills Investment Plan for Life Sciences was published in April 2014.

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Energy

The Energy SIP was first produced in 2011 and it identified a set of skills priorities including making the sector attractive to young people.

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There are

90
inhabited islands in the Highlands and Islands area

Highlands and Islands

The region accounts for 9% of Scottish jobs but one of the biggest challenges is the retention and attraction of working age people to the area.

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