Career Development News in Scotland

21 06.16

Review of enterprise and skills agencies

Following quickly on from the recent elections an end-to-end review has been announced of SDS, Scottish Enterprise/HIE and Scottish Funding Council by Cabinet Secretary Keith Brown, who is responsible for the economy. The CDI is keen to inform the debate which is likely to include the future role of SDS and its relationship and involvement with the skills and economic development agendas and policy and funding arrangements for FE and HE.


New SVQ and Modern and Technical Apprenticeship provision for the career development sector in Scotland

The SVQ 3 Enabling clients to access career development services, SCQF Level 7 (GL 47 23) and the SVQ Level 4 Career Information, Advice and Employability support at SCQF Level 9 (GL 48 24) have now had their qualification codes approved. Training providers can now seek approval from SQA to deliver these as standalone qualifications or as part of a Modern or Technical Apprenticeship in Career Development. For the latter training providers will also need approval from the CDI to deliver the apprenticeships. If you are interested in delivering these please contact


SNP urged to tackle digital skills 'gap' in science and computing

The Scottish Labour party's education spokesman Iain Gray has said that Scotland faces a skills gap of 10,000 digital jobs over the next decade and has called on the SNP to do more to encourage uptake of digital skills, particularly amongst young women.

The Scottish government said: "We have seen progress in the promotion of Stem [science, technology, engineering and maths] careers to girls and women through modern apprenticeships, college and university courses but these are still areas that see higher than average rates of gender segregation. Read the article here 


Teacher training for oil and gas workers

Applications are now open for teacher education training places for oil and gas workers made redundant and looking to change career, with courses starting in September and a guaranteed job at the end of it, Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced today at a conference of headteachers in Aberdeen.

The Transition Training Fund (TTF) was set up to help oil and gas workers made redundant, or at risk of redundancy, move into other roles by offering grants to support retraining or further education. It was announced earlier this year the TTF would support people to retrain as secondary teachers, particularly in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.