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Skills Investment Plans

Find out about the key skills issues for Scotland's growth industries – and what we're doing to help

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.

Life and chemical sciences

The Skills Investment Plan presents an industry-led, collaborative and evidence-based approach to skills planning for the Life and Chemical Sciences sectors, identifying priorities for action to support the sectors in fulfilling their growth ambitions.

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Life and Chemical Sciences: The Executive Summary

The Executive Summary offers a high-level guide to the Skills Investment Plan for Scotland’s Life and Chemical Sciences Sectors, identifying priorities for action to support the industries in fulfilling their growth ambitions.

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The creative industries employ

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.

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The engineering sector is worth

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


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.

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Financial services

The financial services sector employs 86,000 people with employment in the industry on a steady upward trend. The latest Skills Investment Plan was published in November 2016.

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Food and drink

Scotland's food and drink sector accounts for 6% of the Scottish economy. The 2017 Skills Investment Plan aims to set out the key priorities going forward.

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Early learning and childcare

The early learning and childcare sector aims to recruit up to 11,000 workers by 2020 in order to meet demand. This Skills Investment Plan was published in January 2018.

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There are almost

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


Tourism continues to be a growth sector in Scotland contributing £3.7bn to the Scottish economy in 2014. The latest Skills Investment Plan was published in September 2016.

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

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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

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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