4 December. Glasgow Talks ... with Damien Yeates

Issued: Thu, 10 Oct 2019 11:04:00 BST

Wednesday 4 December 2019
8.30am for breakfast and networking. Talk will start around 9.00am with a 10.30am finish
200SVS, 200 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5SG

Join us this December for Glasgow Talks where we are delighted to welcome Damien Yeates, the Chief Executive of Skills Development Scotland.

Damien has been the Chief Executive of Skills Development Scotland (SDS) since its inception in 2008 overseeing the ambitious merger of four public bodies into one.

With a turnover of £220million and over 1,200 staff operating in 110 locations throughout Scotland, central to SDS’s role and purpose is the contribution it makes to the creation of a strong, vibrant and diverse economy. With SDS leading on skills planning and development, Damien is committed to forging strong relationships between providers of education and training and businesses and industry ensuring support for both employers to get the skills they need and individuals to get jobs and progress in the workplace.

Damien has overseen an extensive modernisation programme spanning a network of 400 school careers staff and 47 local branches to enhance the scope and reach of Careers Information, Advice and Guidance Services in Scotland. Passionate about supporting young people and recognising the relevance of high quality digital support for young people in career decision making, he was instrumental in driving forward development of a now award winning digital service, My World of Work. Achieving on average over 235,000 unique users a month, My World of Work is now recognised by Education Scotland for its valuable contribution to careers services.

Damien has also strengthened and developed the crucial links between employer demand for and the supply of skilled individuals into employment through strategic initiatives. This includes working in partnership locally and regionally to develop Skills Investment Plans for each of Scotland’s key growth and economic sectors and regional skills assessments throughout the length and breadth of Scotland. Currently delivering 25,000 new Modern Apprenticeships annually recognising the value to employers, individuals and the economy he is committed to increasing this to 30,000 by 2020.

Damien’s extensive international knowledge of and advocacy for work based learning has driven the creation of new opportunities for young people to sustain and achieve success in the labour market such as the introduction of foundation apprenticeships for senior school pupils. Passionate about skills development and its contribution to a prospering Scottish economy, Damien’s future ambitions for SDS include improving industry engagement in workforce development through foundation and graduate level apprenticeships, supporting inclusion and diversity in fair and productive workplaces and providing greater support to school pupils earlier to help them on the path to sustainable and rewarding careers.

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Further information - Lindsay.Mccready@glasgow.ac.uk

Glasgow Talks - sponsored by the Adam Smith Business School and the Clydesdale Bank - is the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce's monthly series of business seminars featuring influential guest speakers drawn from the business and political elite.

As part of our sponsorship with the Glasgow Talks series, a limited number of free places are available for students, staff and alumni of the Adam Smith Business School. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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