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National Performance

Scotland Performs

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We are better educated, more skilled and more successful, renowned for our research and innovation

Why is this National Outcome important?

This government’s ambition is to build a society in which everyone can play their full part and share the benefits of success. This means using the skills of our people to best effect.

Skills development runs through our learning system, spanning our commitment to investing in the early years of children's lives, the development and implementation of a National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education, developing the young workforce, and ensuring all young people can access excellent opportunities in training, further or higher education. Scotland has internationally excellent universities and a strong research base. We recognise the need to maximise their contribution to the economy and society.

What will influence this National Outcome?

Skills for Scotland sets out an ambitious agenda, focusing on the demand for and supply of skills in Scotland and, importantly, their utilisation. To achieve this we are improving learning opportunities for low paid/low skilled workers and working towards an effective mix of vocational skills in the economy. We are also working with employers so that, together, we can meet their skills needs.

We are reducing economic inactivity, supporting individuals to access employment as a route out of poverty through accessible, high quality learning and development opportunities for individuals in vulnerable or disadvantaged situations and making additional support, such as childcare, more widely available. Not only will this improve individual wellbeing, it will increase participation in the labour market.

Maintaining the competitiveness and effectiveness of our tertiary education system in teaching, research and knowledge transfer is vital to our economic wellbeing. This knowledge and research will underpin the thinking and technologies which promote and protect our health, wellbeing and environment, and which drive increasing productivity and sustainable economic growth.

What is the Government's role?

We have embarked on a major reform of our post 16 learning system to ensure that publicly-funded provision is better aligned, more closely attuned to the needs of employers and learners, and sees college provision re-organised on a regional basis, with funding directly linked to need.

We will capitalise on the benefits of collaboration between Scottish universities, building on existing success. We are working to stimulate demand for and use of research and innovation by business to bridge the gap between innovation and commercialisation of our best ideas. We are committed to increasing the impact of higher education knowledge exchange activities, and continue to encourage knowledge exchange between our universities and businesses.

This Government is demonstrating its commitment to higher education so that Scotland remains an international centre for excellence for learning and creative thinking whilst ensuring that access is based upon ability to succeed rather than ability to pay.

Implementing Developing the Young Workforce – Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy - will further expand learning options for young people and better prepare them for work. 

Related Strategic Objectives



Wealthier and Fairer

Related National Indicators

 Improve Scotland's reputation

 Increase research and development spending

up Improve knowledge exchange from university research

d Improve the skill profile of the population

 Reduce underemployment

up Reduce the proportion of employees earning less than the Living Wage

 Reduce the pay gap

l Increase the proportion of pre-school centres receiving positive inspection reports

l Increase the proportion of schools receiving positive inspection reports

down Improve levels of educational attainment

 Increase the proportion of young people in learning, training or work

l Increase the proportion of graduates in positive destinations

d Reduce the proportion of individuals living in poverty