Employability, Skills and Learning Progress – Recommendation 3

Address 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.

2019 SVC evaluation of status:

Partially implemented

2019 update provided by the Scottish Government:

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.

2020 SVC evaluation of status:

Partially implemented

2020 update provided by the Scottish Government:

Some exploratory work has been undertaken, including looking at the example of attracting former oil and gas workers into teaching. Information was also shared by CTP on the sectors to which those transitioning were most commonly moving to and the skills they had to offer. The engagement of SDS in the work of the group has been very positive, however there has not been a specific output thus far.

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) 2020-21 funding for the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Partnership includes support for continued and extended work on the mapping of military qualifications against those which are recognised by employers in Scotland. This work has so far published guides to Infantry, Royal Artillery, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers and Royal Logistic Corps qualifications. This will help employers and educational institutions understand the range of skills and expertise that those leaving the Forces have to offer, and in addition, support individuals to articulate their skills clearly in order to find employment or education. The Scottish Government has committed to fund this valuable work through to 2023.

The collection of reliable data in respect of the long-term employment destinations for Service Leavers is inherently complex. Whilst a snapshot of the position is taken 6 months after discharge, we will need to analyse the data available in the 2022 Census to get a view of the longer-term picture.     Finally, Scottish veterans are being retrained via a pilot that tests a new approach to help address a significant skills gap in the nation’s cyber security workforce, following funding from the Scottish Government. 


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