Rural skills plan for south of Scotland

Published Friday, 28th June 2019 in Study at SRUC news

Rural skills plan for south of scotland
New plan aims to improve access to education, skills and training

A plan to address skills shortages and support economic growth in the south of Scotland has been welcomed by Scotland’s Rural College.

The Regional Skills Investment Plan was launched by the South of Scotland Economic Partnership (SoSEP) and Skills Development Scotland at events in Galashiels on Friday 20 June and Dumfries on Monday 24 June.

SRUC is one of the partners working to improve access to education, skills and training, and further develop the higher education and work-based learning offers, in the south of Scotland. 

It will take the lead on exploring the feasibility for a Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship, and will help deliver a Rural Skills and Entrepreneurship project through the provision of facilities at its Barony campus and two mobile learning centres.

Professor Nick Sparks, Dean of SRUC’s South and West Faculty, said: “We are pleased to be working with SoSEP and others to increase the range of HE provision in the south of Scotland.

“As the lead organisation exploring the feasibility for a Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship, we will work with partners to develop plans that complement our £35 million plans for the South and West Faculty, which include major investment in our Barony campus.”

The plan includes a focus on communities; farming, fishing, forestry, rural high streets and land management; education and skills; key sectors; business support and infrastructure.

SoSEP, which was established by the Scottish Government in 2017, will work with partners to deliver a programme of work through to April 2020, and to pilot new activity to support economic growth in the region, ahead of the establishment of a south of Scotland enterprise agency in April 2020.

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