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Traditional agricultural skills are important, but skills are also needed in other sectors such as energy and tourism

I welcome the launch of a new strategic approach to support the skills needs of rural Scotland.

The Skills Action Plan for Rural Scotland aims to address skills shortages, help retain and attract new talent, and address demographic challenges. The Plan aims to achieve this through enhanced work-based learning, and increasing access to education and skills provision.

The Plan, launched by the Scottish Government, builds on the activity already underway across rural Scotland, to produce a range of actions which will meet the skills required for jobs in rural areas both now and in the future. Its priority actions include:

• taking a collaborative approach to delivering skills provision
• providing accessible education and skills provision
• upskilling and reskilling the current rural workforce

Recent years have seen a renewed focus on the importance of rural Scotland to the overall economy, and this plan is an important addition to work already underway.

I very much welcome the Skills Action Plan for Rural Scotland, as it identifies actions and commits the Scottish Government to supporting people to remain in, and return to, rural communities in which they can live and work.

We want to ensure we have the right people with the right skills in order help the Scottish rural economy flourish by providing opportunities for training, development and entrepreneurship”.

*The Skills Action Plan for Rural Scotland can be read in full here - https://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/media/45683/skills-action-plan-for-rural-scotland-summary-report.pdf

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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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