Positive Futures – Employment, Skills and Learning – Recommendation 6

Funding for further learning or training should be re-examined to simplify the ‘offer’ and ensure ease of access and fit with the transition model for today. In addition, ELCAS learning credit support packages should be re-examined to ensure their fit with that more flexible model.
Scottish Government Committed Actions
Scottish Government Progress Update
SVC 2022
Assessment
1As with Recommendations One and Five, SG will use all the levers we have at government and stakeholder level, including working collaboratively across the devolved administrations to press the UK for a review of ELCAS learning support packages. MOD have confirmed a review of ELCs is underway with a view to increasing uptake. The review is looking at the range and level of qualifications, links to national skills shortages (such as the recent and ongoing LGV driver shortage), and accessibility of learning.
2Ongoing work to better align the work of further and higher education funded through the Scottish Funding Council and Skills Development Scotland’s skills offer will also support this recommendation.Alongside simplification of the Employability offer through NOLB, which now includes skills support for unemployed adults, the National Strategy for Economic Transformation, the SG recognises the need for a skilled workforce able to upskill or retrain throughout their working lives. The strategy commits to delivering a Lifetime Skills Offer that is more straightforward for people and business to access and benefit from. Work on this commitment has begun with evidence gathering underway through evaluations of existing programmes and research on successful national and international lifetime skills programmes being undertaken. As part of the Programme for Government 2022/23, a review of the Scottish Skills Landscape has been announced and will commence shortly.
3In the longer term, a simplification of ‘the offer’ through the skills agencies, local government and Scottish contracted support will be achieved through the roll out of No One left Behind which seeks to reduce the number of individual programmes at a national level, with appropriate provision to meet the needs of individuals aligned to local/regional labour markets available at a local level.

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