The Sector Skills Council for the places where we live and work
The skills funding landscape in Scotland is different from elsewhere in the UK. This causes confusion and challenges to employers who work in Scotland, as well as in the other UK nations.
The Scottish Government focuses on modern apprenticeships as a funded route to skills development, especially for young people aged 16 to 19 years.
Asset Skills Scotland has developed Modern Apprenticeships in Facilities Management at Levels 2 and 3 and in Housing at Level 2.
The Scottish education system is also different from elsewhere in the UK.
Employers who wish to support equivalent qualifications throughout their workforces, need to understand the subtle distinctions between similar qualifications offered in the different nations.
There are also various credit frameworks, such as the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework.
Asset Skills aims to ensure those qualifications are available, accessible and transferable between nations and between employers, regardless of where in the UK the workforce is based.
Working with the Scottish Government and Jobcentre Plus, between January and August 2012, we delivered a programme of employability training and work placements in the cleaning sector for long-term unemployed people.
100% of them reported that the programme had increased their motivation to find and stay in work. The opportunity led directly to a job for 60% of the candidates. Employers were also delighted to receive job candidates already trained in the skills they are looking for and also to have the opportunity to assess the candidate's skills whilst they were on work placement.
The Green Deal is the UK government's flagship policy on energy efficiency.
Asset Skills is working in Scotland and across the UK to help ensure there are enough trained energy assessors and energy advisors ready for its introduction in autumn 2012.
Asset Skills has developed a suite of job profiles that demonstrates possible career opportunities and sources of further information about jobs in housing, property, cleaning, facilities management and parking. The information is Scotland specific and can be viewed here.