Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is the national skills body supporting the people and businesses of Scotland to develop and apply their skills. SDS was formed in 2008 as a non-departmental public body, bringing together careers, skills, training and funding services.


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Skills Development Scotland

SDS plays a key role in driving the success of Scotland's economic future, working with partners to:

  •     Support individuals to reach their potential
  •     Help make skills work for employers
  •     Improve the skills and learning system

SDS is preparing Scotland's workforce to maximise opportunities in today's dynamic world. Government policy is a primary driver of what Skills Development Scotland (SDS) does. A series of skills and economic strategies interlink to shape SDS's work, making sure that services and partnership activity are meeting the needs of customers and effectively contributing to economic growth ambitions for Scotland.

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