An Opportunity to Support the Development of a Regional Skills Investment Plan (RSIP) for the South of Scotland

A new South of Scotland Enterprise Agency (SOSEA) is due to be established in April 2020 and will be charged with delivering economic growth across the region.  While this is still under development the Scottish Government has established a South of Scotland Economic Partnership (SOSEP) to prepare the ground for the establishment of the new Agency.  This Partnership has recognised the strategic case for developing a Regional Skills Investment Plan (RSIP) for the South of Scotland as one of its key early actions.  The availability of an appropriate number, type and level of skills will be a key factor in determining the longer term success of the new Agency and its goal of driving economic and productivity growth.  

The SOSEP Education and Skills theme group has appointed EKOS Economic and Social Research to assist them in developing the RSIP and as part of this process, EKOS is seeking to engage with a wide range of stakeholders, including local employers.  This is a real opportunity to input to, and influence the development of, the RSIP. 

EKOS is seeking to engage with employers over the next few months, through one-to-one engagement, online survey, and focus groups.  Some high level issues for discussion and consideration include but are not restricted to:

  • Skills Challenges. What are the main skills-related challenges for businesses e.g. skills shortages or gaps; recruitment issues; workforce development.
  • Indirect Skills Issues. Are there any indirect skills issues which have an impact on the ability to source and retain talent (e.g. transport, connectivity, availability of housing, etc).
  • Education/Skills Infrastructure. How effective is current education and skills infrastructure (school, Apprenticeship Family, Further and Higher Education) - any obvious gaps or quality and quantity issues or location.
  • Talent Attraction. To what extent will SoS need to attract new talent (particularly working age people) to locate into the region to meet future skills needs.
  • Key Future Interventions/Priorities.  What are the key skills issues/needs which the SIP must address for a successful future and what are specific priorities.

In line with GDPR, I write to ask if you would like to opt-in or opt-out to engagement.  Please click on the link below to confirm your position.

South of Scotland Regional SIP

Your participation would be greatly valued.  Your views will be treated in the strictest confidence and neither you nor your company will be identifiable.  EKOS will report in aggregate form only.

If you wish to discuss this further feel free to contact either Nicola Graham – details below or Phil Ford


Nicola Graham

Senior Consultant from EKOS

Direct line: 0141 353 8328

Switchboard: 0141 353 1994

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Phil Ford Skills Planning Lead - South East Scotland

Tel: 0141 013 3954

Mobile: 07917210888

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