SCDI responds to publication of Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board’s Strategic Plan

The Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board published its Strategic Plan for Scotland’s enterprise and skills agencies – Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Funding Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the future enterprise agency for the south of Scotland – yesterday (17 October 2018).

SCDI welcomes the report, which makes a series of important recommendations to achieve greater strategic direction and alignment between these agencies to deliver increased productivity in Scotland through collaboration; up-skilling and re-skilling; business scale-up; and digitally-enabled, rapid and tailored business support.

Improving Scotland’s productivity is a key priority for SCDI and our members.  As the World Economic Forum reported this week, improving productivity will require government, industry and the education sector to embrace the opportunities and challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  The Strategic Plan and the Scottish Government’s Economic Action Plan due out next week should focus government, industry and the education sector on the steps to move Scotland towards the global frontier of competitiveness.

SCDI is ready to play our part in helping deliver the many positive actions in the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board’s report, especially in relation to digitalisation, skills and internationalisation. SCDI believe that industry can strengthen cross-sectoral knowledge exchange about practical steps to improve productivity.

SCDI and partners will be launching a Future of Skills and Employability Leadership Group on the 31st October at our Skills and Employability Summit which will make recommendations on the future of work.

Our UK Industrial Strategy Commission has already raised awareness of the UK Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and we welcome the action to lever “maximum funds” from the UKIS for the Scottish economy.