With the right skills, we can thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
SCDI’s Skills & Employability Leadership Group have published their report ‘Upskilling Scotland: The Future of Skills and the Fourth Industrial Revolution’, which makes recommendations to ensure Scotland has the skills to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The Leadership Group brought together experts from different sectors and geographies of Scotland, in strategic partnership with Skills Development Scotland, to consider evidence and hear from businesses and organisations on what steps they felt were necessary to deliver the skills Scotland needs to succeed and grasp the opportunities that lie ahead.
The report identifies the three key pillars of a high performing Scottish economy – high performing individuals, high performing workplaces and in-work development – and proposes 34 ideas to support them.
It calls on the Scottish Government to give everyone in Scotland a lifelong entitlement to learning through an Upskilling & Lifelong Learning Fund. Learners and workers could use this fund to finance reskilling and upskilling opportunities at any stage of their life or career.
The report also calls for a Scottish Disruption Council to manage social and economic disruption from technological change, and for a devolved immigration system to close skills gaps through increased inward migration into Scotland.
The report can be read here.