Skills & Recruitment in Tayside

Location: Malmaison, 44 Whitehall Crescent, Dundee DD1 4AY 

Speakers: Lesley English, Apprenticeship Development Officer, Hillcrest; Marion Beattie, Head of Skills Growth & Inward Investment, Skills Development Scotland.

In December Productivity Club will focus on skills and recruitment channels.

Most of the SME organisations we have spoken to lately, highlighted skills shortages and recruitment challenges as current issues for their businesses.

What if there were ways to diversify recruitment channels and to develop people skills?

Over December, Productivity Club will investigate how organisations across the country have come up with new ideas and strategies to meet the needs of their business.

If you are interested in learning more on the topic or if you want to share your experience and support others, this is the event for you.

Register now and join the conversation.

The session is interactive with group discussion, Q&A and networking opportunity.

Lesley English, Apprenticeship Development Officer, Hillcrest Homes

Lesley joined Hillcrest in March 2022 in their newly created role of Apprenticeship Development Officer. Her role is to support emerging young talent within the workplace both by recruitment of young people and supporting work experience placements. She is responsible for running the Young Workers programme, and developing strategies to amplify the voice of apprentices and younger employees across the Hillcrest businesses. Lesley’s background spans a good number of years working within the Employability arena with Tayside on numerous projects. Her most recent role prior to joining Hillcrest was working with Developing Young Workforce making links for businesses with schools to embed career education within the curriculum. Her passion is for young people to be the best they can be by supporting them to develop and grow within employment.

Marion Beattie, Head of Skills Growth and Inward Investment, Skills Development Scotland

Marion leads a team focused on offering businesses that want to invest, grow and thrive in Scotland a comprehensive and coordinated package of support utilising SDS, partners and wider Scottish skills products and services. This includes leading on support for firms expanding operations in Scotland, working with Scottish Development International colleagues around the world to help businesses understand the skills opportunities available in Scotland, and helping employers identify the innovative and bespoke solutions they need to react to shifting market demands. She also leads a dedicated team helping Scotland’s SMEs identify and address their skills needs through Skills for Growth, which offers fully-funded business consultancy for businesses with less than 250 staff. Marion has a wealth of business advisory experience, having previously worked in economic development, research and the private sector. Through these different roles she has built strong business knowledge and experience.

Agenda of the day:

08.30 Registrations, networking breakfast

09.00 Speakers presentations, group discussion and Q&A

10.30 Close