10 June 2014
Survey reveals few Scottish employers engage
with their future workers
ONLY eight per cent of Scottish employers surveyed feel they are
currently doing enough to engage with the education and training
system, and would welcome more support for active engagement to
prepare young people entering the workplace.
The survey, conducted by the Scottish Council for Development
& Industry (SCDI) in partnership with Skills Development
Scotland (SDS) also revealed that 55 per cent of employers believe
advanced apprenticeships would help them develop their
Ross Martin, Chief Executive of SCDI said: "While the survey
revealed few employers feel they are doing enough to prepare those
entering the workplace, it is encouraging that an increasing number
of Scotland's businesses realise the importance of establishing
links with schools, colleges and universities.
"It is vital that employers help to shape the future workforce
so that they can be confident those leaving the education system
have the appropriate skills to support business growth."
He added: "With the survey also highlighting that many employers
feel higher level apprenticeships would benefit their business, it
reinforces the fact employers value work-based learning and want to
play an active role in the education system."
Covering public and private sector employers and businesses of
various sizes across Scotland, the survey also found that 85 per
cent of employers recognise they have a role to play in providing
young people with work experience opportunities.
Businesses also recognise the benefits of investing in the
development of their current workforce with 94 per cent of
employers saying they plan to provide training over the coming
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Chief Executive, Damien Yeates
said: "SDS has been developing work-based learning pathways to help
close the gap between industry demand and the skills supply, so I
welcome the news that employers want to work closer with the
"Our continual development and expansion of Scotland's Modern
Apprenticeship programme demonstrates our commitment to responding
to employers needs."
The survey's findings come just a week after the Commission for
Developing Scotland's Young Workforce, led by Sir Ian Wood,
published its final report.
Aiming to reduce youth unemployment by 40 per cent by 2020, its
recommendations included more support for employers to take on
young employees as well as closer links between employers and
schools and colleges.
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NOTE TO EDITORS:
The Skills Pulse Survey (SPS) was undertaken by the Scottish
Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) in partnership with
Skills Development Scotland and is available at the following
The Skills Pulse Survey provides an in-depth study of the
importance employers place on the contribution of skills to their
business success, as well as highlighting the skills and business
challenges they are currently facing.
The Skills Pulse Survey is already providing important data to
inform decision-making inScotland's skills sector. As we move
forward, the views of employers will be invaluable to ensure the
skills in the economy match the needs of employers and that
together we can invest in people for growth.