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Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010-11 Statements

30 April 2013

Report summary

Statements published in accordance with sections 31 and 32 of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.

(Period covering 1 April 2010 to March 31 2011)

Statements (a) to (d) are published in accordance with section 31(1) and (2) of the Act:

(a) Public Relations spend

SDS undertakes public relations activity to ensure that all of its audiences including employees, employers, school and college leavers are made aware of the full range of opportunities they can get to help develop their skills.

SDS funded over 21,000 modern apprenticeships in 10-11 which required both employers and entrants to be aware of and to engage in the program; it provided careers information, advice and guidance to more than 194,000 individuals and supported nearly 6000 training opportunities to employees of Scottish businesses. Skills Development Scotland incurred costs of £1,655,119.89, including staff costs

(b) Overseas travel

SDS had no expenditure on overseas travel for the financial year 2010-11.

(c) Hospitality and Entertainment given

Skills Development Scotland's cost for hospitality and entertainment in 2010-11 was £2435.88.

(d) Consultancy

The Scottish Government defines 'consultancy' as including a wide range of professional services such as management consultancy, IT consultancy, financial consultancy, construction and infrastructure related consultancy, research and evaluation and policy development. Therefore the expenditure contained in this section reflects this definition of external consultancy.

Skills Development Scotland mainly uses external consultancy to undertake specific pieces of work which requires expertise which is not readily available in-house. Skills Development Scotland incurred costs of £1,041,834.11 on consultancy for the financial year in 2010-11.

(e) Payments over 25k

The following statement is published in accordance with section 31 (3) of the Act.
SDS is the national skills body for Scotland delivering National Training Programmes (NTPs - including modern Apprenticeships, Get Ready for Work and Training for Work), Flexible Training Opportunities and ILA Scotland. The majority of our payments over 25k relate to funding payments made to Training Providers for the delivery of NTPs.

Payments over £25,000 on the National Training Programmes


All other payments over £25,000


(f) Remuneration in excess of £150k


The following statement is published in accordance with section 31 (4) of the Act.

No member of staff at SDS received remuneration in excess of £150,000 for the financial year 2010-11.


(g) Sustainable economic growth


The following statement is published in accordance with section 32(1)(a) of the Act.

Statement on sustainable economic growth 2010-11


(h) Efficiency, effectiveness and economy


The following statement is published in accordance with section 32(1)(b) of the Act.

Statement on efficiency, effectiveness and economy 2010-11