The Scottish Government has published its Phase 1 Report on the Review of Enterprise and Skills.
In his foreword Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, recognises the key role colleges and universities and agencies have played in helping businesses grow and in improving economic performance. Working within the framework of Scotland’s Economic Strategy, the review aims to build on existing strengths and successes to secure a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy.
The actions laid out in the Phase 1 Report include the creation of a new Scotland-wide statutory board to co-ordinate the activities of Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise, including Scottish Development International, Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council. There will also be a new agency to meet the enterprise and skills needs of the South of Scotland.
There will be further work to simplify and streamline support for innovation and to align the work of learning and skills agencies towards providing more joined up services. There are also recommendations on building a more open and international economy and on developing the right digital economy.
Welcoming the report, John Kemp, interim chief executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said: “There is a great deal we can achieve together by agencies, colleges and universities collaborating ever more closely on enterprise and skills. We look forward to working with our partners in phase two of this process and beyond.”
The full Phase 1 Report is now available on the Scottish Government website.