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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-11548: Hamilton, Rachael (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 26 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to help the Scottish Borders transition to a more knowledge-based economy, as recommended in Regional Skills Assessment 2016, South Scotland.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 13 October 2017

The Scottish Government is working with Borders College through the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to ensure that learners in the Scottish Borders are gaining the skills to work within a knowledge-based economy. Borders College has an acute focus on developing students’ employability skills and improving outcomes, and we will build on this strong foundation to equip learners with the skills they need to thrive within the regional economy.

Industry and Sector led Skills Investment Plans (SIPs) will highlight the priorities that need to be addressed to support future growth of the knowledge-based economy. Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will facilitate these SIPs, building upon their development of the Regional Skills Assessments. This complements the work SDS and Borders Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) already undertakes in the region to maximise the uptake of Work Based Learning and Apprenticeship opportunities.