Scottish Government’s Review of Enterprise and Skills Agencies

Scottish Government’s Review of Enterprise and Skills Agencies

Issued: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:29:00 BST

Professor Alan McGregor, Alex McTier and Victoria Sutherland, from the Adam Smith Business School’s Training and Employment Research Unit (TERU) have recently been commissioned by the Scottish Government to support their Review of Enterprise and Skills Agencies.

The Enterprise and Skills Agencies in Scotland – Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, and the Scottish Funding Council – have a key role to play in delivering the Scottish Governments economic strategy to support economic development and thus enabling every individual to achieve their full potential.

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced in her Priorities for Government speech on 25 May 2016, that the Scottish Government would undertake an end-to-end review of enterprise and skills services as part of their new approach to the economy.  Economy Secretary, Keith Brown, said that ‘the review will consider how best to deliver and enhance the Agencies’ services and functions to meet new client expectations and deliver on Government ambitions around productivity’.

The focus of our researchers’ study is on education and skills, and is organised around further education, higher education and work-based learning, including Modern Apprenticeships. The study involves:

  • A review of synthesis reports by international agencies, including the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP), and the European Commission (EC), in an attempt to identify leading practice and ongoing challenges in education and skills system.
  • An in-depth analysis of the performance of the education and skills system in 10 smaller economies – Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland.  Within this group of countries, the analysis has focused on identifying any key trends in their education and skills systems, as well as examples of effective performance, with a view to providing recommendations to support the Scottish Government’s review.

The Training and Employment Research Unit (TERU), based within the Adam Smith Business School, is a multi-disciplinary centre for applied economic and social research, driven by a desire to offer practical solutions to the challenges faced by policy makers, practitioners, individuals and communities. 

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