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1 Public policy and the economic downturn: the contribution of skills Professor Stephanie Young Director, Strategic Relations Skills Development Scotland

2 Global Economic Downturn World growth is projected to fall to lowest rate since World War II IMF, Jan 09

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4 Forecasts Point to Slower Growth

5 Labour Market Weakening

6 Forecast Net Jobs Change

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8 Underlying challenges The skills paradox – Scotland well-qualified, but not productive Inequalities of access to learning, affecting life chances and social cohesion. And a complex institutional landscape.

9 Why SDS was set up To maximise our contribution to sustainable economic growth by unlocking the potential of Scotlands greatest asset - our people

10 The Vision Skills Development Scotland will be a catalyst for real and positive change in Scotlands skills performance. We will help individuals to realise their full potential, we will help employers be more successful through skills development, and we will work in meaningful partnership to enhance Scotlands sustainable economic development.

11 SDS response to recession Refresh and relaunch PACE … Accelerate Integrated Employment and Skills service… …without being deflected from longer term issues.

12 PACE Partnership Action for Continuing Employment supporting 21 regional PACE partnerships a dedicated website and national helpline, providing access to a wide range of skills and employability services deploying 80 staff to advise and guide individuals on their options information exchange with key agencies early access to Training for Work and Apprenticeships. Redeployment of redundant part-trained MAs

13 Integrated Employment and Skills Service (IES) a no wrong door approach to skills and employment services a new Skills Health Check tool a refreshed Training for Work programme to support skills development information sharing to improve customer journeys and resource planning information capture about potential redundancy situations through PACE.

14 Scottish Employer Service Direct relationship Single point of contact Account Managed Service Skills Utilisation Bespoke Solutions

15 Catalytic role Deeper partnerships, shared intelligence, joint development Scottish Funding Council example Joint ownership of Skills Committee SDS secondee leading on skills utilisation pilots with colleges

16 Longer term – building on what we have learned Deeper personalisation Smarter networks with partners Qualitative measures, not just volumes Being organised around customer journeys Being more responsive to need Building capacity and capability Smarter use of technology Co-creating toolkits to support capacity-building

17 The world after recession? Different sectors will recover (if they were affected) at different rates Consumers will be more wary Globalisation will continue, with India and China emerging Climate change will be far more pressing

18 Contact for further information Professor Stephanie Young PACE Helpline


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