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Robertson Trust Summer Internship Scheme

November 2017

Our Summer Internship Scheme was established in 2014 to help current third year Robertson scholars enhance their CV and gain valuable experience in the workplace before entering their final year of university. Internships last two months and are fully funded by The Robertson Trust, with the intern receiving £910 per month.

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Charity Christmas Train

November 2017

Fancy a festive day out?

Jump onboard our Christmas Charter Train for a magical journey to York filled with festive fun, food** and even a gift from Santa himself!

On 2 December 2017 Virgin East Coast will whizz you to York for a day of festive fun, seasonal shopping, and maybe a mince pie (or two).

All funds raised will be donated to our mental health charity partner, CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) who are dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

Outward journey

Edinburgh 07.18
Berwick 08.01
York 09.48

Return journey

York 18.45
Berwick 20.44
Edinburgh 21.30

To book please

Small print: *£250 First Class return family ticket (2 adults and 2 children). £125 Standard return family ticket (2 adults and 2 children). Under 5’s go free. 124 seats available in First Class, and 350 seats available in Standard. **Festive food and drink is included in First Class and available for Standard ticket holders to purchase from our Foodbar and at-seat trolley service. †On Saturday 2 December 2017 the train will depart Edinburgh at 07.18, Berwick at 08.01, arriving into York at 09.48. Return journey departs York at 18.45. All proceeds from ticket sales go to CALM. Railcards, employee travel boxes, privilege cards and travel passes will not be accepted as this is a charter train for charity. Tickets are non-refundable.


Board Member Required - Glasgow Colleges' Regional Board

March 2017

Scotland's colleges contribute £14.9bn to the Scottish economy each year, representing 8.8% of the total economic output of the nation. Glasgow is the largest region in Scotland, with over 20% of Scottish learning activity providing opportunities to around 50,000 students each year.

In May 2014, the regional strategic body for Glasgow's colleges was established and is known as the Glasgow Colleges' Regional Board (GCRB).

GCRB is responsible for securing the coherent provision of high quality fundable higher and further education in Glasgow's colleges. It is also responsible for strategic planning of college provision across the Glasgow region, the monitoring of performance and the allocation of funding to colleges within the region.

GCRB is currently seeking to recruit one Board member and we would welcome applicants with experience in any of the following areas to further strengthen the existing skills of the Board: finance, audit, estates development, industry and commerce.

Board members serve on a voluntary basis, with reasonable travel expenses paid and GCRB members normally participate in around 5 Board and 5 Committee meetings each year.

Applications will be received until Friday 31 March 2017. 

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Chair of Link Group Ltd - Vacancy

March 2017

Link Group is one of Scotland's largest providers of social rented properties and associated services.

Our group of eight social enterprise companies provide a wide range of services in 26 Scottish local authority areas. We have more than 650 staff serving over 15,000 customers and have ambitious plans to make more of our services available to people who need them most. We have established our biggest ever development programme of 3,000 homes within the next five years.

During 2016, we achieved a surplus of £4.4m, capital expenditure on new or improved homes for rent or shared ownership of £39m, a gross turnover of £58.4m and financial reserves of £82m.

Link's parent company, Link Group Ltd, is looking to recruit a successor to our current Chair, Roy Stirrat, who will resign by December 2017.

What's in it for you?
As the Chair, you'll take a lead role in influencing Link's strategic direction and help drive our ambition to grow and improve our services. Working with two Vice Chairs, board members and senior staff colleagues, you'll be instrumental in ensuring we articulate clear goals and achieve our plans whilst keeping people at the heart of everything we do. 

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Scottish Government Minister Discusses Workforce Innovation with eCom Scotland

December 2016

SCDI member eCom Scotland was pleased to welcome Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation & Energy, to its Fife offices recently. The visit was an opportunity to show how Scottish organisations are using technology to positively impact Skills development.

eCom Scotland develops innovative technology solutions for workforce learning and development. They work with organisations across many sectors, including Energy. The company has achieved substantial growth in the last 3 years through a series of product launches and expansion into new markets.

During the visit, Mr Wheelhouse discussed the cultural changes required in businesses to successfully implement technology solutions. He viewed the skills management system which has enabled Scottish Water to track competency across their organisation, and the eLearning that Devro are using in their Skills Academy for their global workforce. He also learnt about the bespoke online assessment system that has helped IWCF (International Well Control Forum) to transform the examination and certification of their candidates worldwide.

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Recruit With Conviction - Free Employer Workshops

November 2016

Recruit With Conviction in partnership with Glasgow Community Justice Authority are delivering a series of development seminars for Employers and client-facing services working with people with convictions.

These Seminars have been fully-funded by Glasgow CJA and are intended to support the increased recruitment and retention of employees who have previously been involved in criminal justice.

Recruit With Conviction Workshops - Nov & Dec 2016, Glasgow
Recruiting people with convictions is daunting. Typically recruiters do not feel empowered or authorised to select people with convictions.

In Scotland 1 in 3 men and 1 in 10 women have a criminal conviction. They have wide-ranging skill sets, however they are also disproportionately unemployed, underemployed and underutilised, presenting an opportunity to provide authentic corporate social responsibility. That is why leading entrepreneurs such as Sir Richard Branson and James Timpson OBE Recruit With Conviction.

The Recruit With Conviction methods have been built on a sound evidence base and developed over 15 years. Recruiters, managers and supervisors in all sectors have attended workshops to provide essential competency and practical skills when dealing with conviction disclosure. This method has been adopted by NHS Lothian and several other partners. The modules also develop wider workplace diversity by promoting effective recruitment behaviour and helps recruiters to make better decisions. 

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Zero Waste Scotland - Resource Efficient Scotland Advice & Support Service

August 2016

Zero Waste Scotland, through its resource efficiency programme, helps businesses and organisations save money by taking actions that will reduce energy use and waste.

The programme delivers this support through the Resource Efficient Scotland Advice & Support Service, which provides on-site audits, telephone advice, implementation support and other types of assistance.

In 2016, the Advice & Support Service has been expanded in the areas of Food & Drink and Construction Waste, with additional support being provided to any SMEs in these sectors.

As part of this package of specialist support funding up to a maximum of £100,000 is available for waste prevention measures. Although there will be a minimum value of support of £10,000 per project, applications below this minimum will be considered on merit. Projects that propose the leasing of equipment may be eligible. However, they will need to demonstrate that the option to owner purchase will be taken up at the end of the leasing term.

Interested businesses should contact the Advice & Support Service for free on 0808 808 2268 or visit

£250,000 Scottish Silver Scholarship Scheme - Edinburgh Business School

June 2016

Edinburgh Business School has launched a £250,000 scholarship scheme to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Under the scheme, 25 individuals - resident in Scotland - will be awarded a fully-funded place to study the world-renowned Edinburgh Business School Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme, delivered by independent learning.

Edinburgh Business School is the Graduate School of Business of Heriot-Watt University and offers one of the most popular and flexible MBA programmes in the world, with more than 11,800 active students and 19,200 alumni worldwide, including almost 1,000 students and graduates in Scotland.

The Edinburgh Business School MBA can be studied entirely by independent learning which enables working professionals to combine studying with work, family and other commitments. They continue to earn while they learn, putting their new skills and expertise into practice immediately. The programme is unique in its flexibility, enabling students to study wherever they are in the world, sit exams in more than 400 exam centres, and take a break between modules if required. The MBA can be the springboard to a new career, help participants launch new ventures or businesses, or accelerate their promotion as they develop, both personally and professionally.

Alick Kitchin, Acting Head of Edinburgh Business School, says the School is delighted to celebrate its continued success by launching the scholarship scheme:
"Edinburgh Business School has an incredible track record in developing business professionals across the globe over the last 25 years. During this, our anniversary year, we want to contribute to the community in Scotland by offering 25 fully-funded scholarships for our world-renowned MBA programme. We are looking to encourage and support committed individuals, who are determined to make a difference to their organisation or community, to achieve their ambitions by studying for an MBA. Our programme will enable 25 scholars to develop both personally and professionally, so this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is the perfect springboard to meet new challenges, launch new enterprises, and make their dreams a reality."

Each of the 25 scholarship recipients will have their 9 self-study MBA modules and exams fully-funded. The cost of each scholarship is valued at more than £10,000 and will also include a 4-day on-campus teaching seminar and 2-day revision session for one course.

Applications must be received by 17 July 2016 with the programme commencing in September 2016.

A judging panel chaired by leading Scottish businesswoman Shonaig Macpherson will review all applications and select their successful recipients. Shonaig is currently interim Chair of the Edinburgh Business School Board. The five-strong panel will also include MBA graduate Iain Sinclair, and Senior Teaching Fellow Murray Steele.

For more information about the Scholarships & how to apply, visit 

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City Building Celebrates Talent At 10th Annual Apprentice Awards

June 2016

Leading Scottish construction company, City Building, rewarded the tradespeople of tomorrow at its 10th annual Apprentice Awards in June 2016. 81 apprentices from across all sectors of the business including, construction, administration, heating and painting and decorating were shortlisted for the awards held at the City Chambers in Glasgow.

24 Awards were presented at the event, which saw 2nd year apprentice painter & decorator Lisa Murphy named City Building Apprentice of the Year - in addition to winning the 2nd Year Painter & Decorator Award. Lisa from Shettleston has had a successful year having already been awarded with the Trades House Modern Apprentice of the Year and has also made it through to the next stage of the prestigious Johnstone's Young Painter of the Year Awards having won the regional heat.

Speaking after picking up her brace of awards Lisa said:
"It was great to be nominated for the award but to win is an amazing surprise. I've learned a lot working at City Building and have been given the opportunity to work on incredible high profile projects including the World Gymnastics Championships and the "Hello, My name is Paul Smith" exhibition. Every day is different and I feel it's given me the opportunity to gain more experience and learn new skills and techniques"

Graham Paterson, Executive Director of City Building, said:
"The Awards are a great chance for all of us at City Building to celebrate the excellent work being carried out by our company's emerging talent and to have the apprentices' families in attendance to experience their achievements adds to the excitement. Lisa is a prime example of the type of skilled young tradesperson that City Building is determined to develop and it is important that we take the time to recognise her and the other award winners for their achievements over the past year. We are very proud to support and develop anyone who demonstrates the drive and enthusiasm it takes to succeed which Lisa and the other apprentices recognised at the awards clearly have. I'm confident that they all have bright careers in front of them."

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'Better Regulation' Paper - Scottish Retail Consortium

February 2016

The Scottish Retail Consortium has published a 'Better Regulation' paper in the lead up to this May's Holyrood elections.

The document outlines recent policy successes such as the implementation in Scotland of Primary Authority and also the devolved administration's adoption of the SRC's agenda on government-inspired voluntary regulation.

The paper - which is available here on the SRC's website - recommends that the next devolved government introduce reforms to regulatory impact assessments, improvements to parliamentary scrutiny of regulation and a Scotland-specific retail industry strategy.

SCDI Members Win Training Journal Gold Award for Best Leadership Development Programme

February 2016

Three SCDI members - The Houston Exchange in collaboration with Abellio ScotRail and Edinburgh Napier University - have won the Gold Award for Best Leadership Development Programme at the recent Training Journal Awards in London.

Since their launch in 2006, the TJ Awards have continuously grown in popularity to become one of the most prestigious awards recognising excellence and best practice in organisational learning and development.

The winners were announced at The Brewery, London, with the event hosted by presenter and actor, Denise van Outen. The venue was buzzing with excitement and anticipation as more than 550 sponsors, guests and finalists gathered to celebrate best practice in learning and development and to recognise the very best in the field. 

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Think Scotland, Think Conference

April 2015

Launch of 'THINK SCOTLAND, THINK CONFERENCE' - 29 April 2015, Edinburgh

Leaders from Scotland's conference and events sector are reaching out directly to Edinburgh's key business influencers, encouraging them to take a more proactive role in bringing prestigious and lucrative business events to Scotland.

With business tourism events currently worth £1.9bn annually to the Scottish economy, the new Think Scotland, Think Conference initiative is a fresh strand of business tourism advocacy that will engage directly with commercial and private business on an unprecedented scale.

Kicking off a special 10-date tour of Scotland's 7 cities and 3 key rural locations, business tourism leaders will gather at the EICC, Edinburgh on 29 April 2015 with decision-makers from local, UK and international organisations in Edinburgh to launch the initiative.

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SCDI Recognised as a Friend of Adopt An Intern

September 2014

SCDI has been recognised as an honorary Friend of Adopt An Intern.

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SCDI Partnership Support

September 2014

SCDI would like to acknowledge the partnership support of:

TSG as SCDI Technology Partner

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