The future for learning and skills in Scotland

Monday 1 February, 10am – 11.30am


This SCDI Blueprint Talk will be addressed by Audrey Cumberford MBE, Principal and Chief Executive, Edinburgh College, Professor Sir Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Stirling and Gemma Gourlay, Community Impact Director, Robertson Group. The event will be chaired by David Coyne, Senior Policy Adviser – Labour, Fair Work and Employability, Skills Development Scotland.

Audrey is the Vice Chair of Colleges Scotland’s College Principals’ Group and a Member of the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board. Sir Gerry is the Convenor of Universities Scotland. Robertson Group is the one of the largest family-owned construction, infrastructure and support services businesses in the UK and has a commitment to becoming a ‘climate positive’ business by 2030.

This event will focus on how we should develop as a national priority the learning and skills which our economy and society will need to thrive in the future as we face challenges and opportunities like net zero, AI and digital, an ageing population and closing the attainment gap.

Participants will have the chance to discuss:

  • What are our priorities for lifelong learning and skills in 2030?
  • How has the digital revolution in response to the pandemic shifted expectations on learning and development, and what will be opportunities to harness it in the future?
  • What are the next steps to build an integrated and flexible education and skills system which will meet the learning needs of people at every stage of their lives and careers?
  • How will we forge more and longer-term relationships between education and employers and, in particular, support more SMEs to invest in developing their people?
  • How can we increase the impact of education across priorities such as purposeful businesses, innovation and places where people want to live, work and visit?

The conversation will inform the refresh of SCDI’s Blueprint 2030 for the Scottish economy.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only. If you have not received an invitation and would like to be considered, please get in touch using the button below.


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