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Skills and employability

Our purpose is to create and sustain a world-leading system of further and higher education, research and innovation that changes lives for the better, enriches society, and supports sustainable and inclusive economic growth.


Our core objectives, referred to in our Strategic Framework, include:

  • Investing in education that is accessible to learners from all backgrounds, gives them a high-quality learning experience, supports them to succeed in their studies, and equips them to flourish in employment, further study and fulfilling lives.
  • Ensuring colleges, universities and specialist institutions form part of a successful, world-leading, coherent and sustainable system of education that responds effectively to the future needs of learners and the skills needs of the economy and society, enhances our rich cultural life, and strengthens Scotland’s international connections.