SVC Recommendation 3: Skills Gaps
The Scottish Government to review how the veterans community could be most effectively utilised to fill the known skills gaps in key sectors like education, health, IT, engineering, construction, finance and insurance. In doing so, it should consider whether its recent initiative to attract former oil and gas workers into teaching in the North East of Scotland should be replicated for the veterans community. This recommendation should be considered by the Veterans Employability Strategic Working Group (see Recommendation 1) as one of its early priorities.
Scottish Government update:
Some exploratory work has been undertaken to look at how the example of attracting former oil and gas workers into teaching could be replicated. Information was also shared by CTP on the sectors those transitioning were most commonly moving to and the kind of skills they had to offer and the engagement of SDS in the work of the Group has been very positive. A programme of work led by the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership is now underway to look at substantiating military gained skills and qualifications into recognised skills to civilian employers. The SCQF Partnership will report findings/progress of the initial phase of this exploratory work in March 2019.
SVC evaluation of status:
Partially implemented / ongoing