Date lodged: 10 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to address the concerns raised by Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce in evidence to the Education and Skills Committee that Skills Development Scotland has a "one-size-fits all, centralised approach [that] is not working".
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 23 November 2016
The Chief Executive Officer and senior representatives from Skills Development Scotland met with the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce earlier this month to discuss their concerns.
Skills Development Scotland and the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce have agreed further positive dialogue to ensure a continued positive working relationship.
Skills Development Scotland operate at a local and national level. SDS have worked with local authorities and other partners to create a number of Regional Skills Assessments. These have been produced to provide a high quality and consistent source of evidence about economic and skills performance and delivery at a regional level. SDS also engage widely at local levels to deliver their core services such as Careers Information Advice and Guidance and PACE.