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Life and Chemical Sciences Skills Investment Plan Launched

Optimat was contracted by SDS to assess the life and chemical sciences industrial landscape in Scotland to produce a report as the basis of the SIP.


Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has launched the refreshed skills investment plan (SIP) for the life and chemical sciences sector. This features a series of measures aimed at helping employers address skills shortages, access training, raise the profile of careers in the industry and improve practical experience.

Optimat was contracted by SDS to assess the life and chemical sciences industrial landscape in Scotland in terms of its current composition and future development, identify what would be required in terms of skills and training provision, and produce a report as the basis of the SIP. This involved wide-ranging consultation and engagement with key stakeholders in industry, the education system and public agencies.

The SIP provides an assessment of the company landscape in Scotland as well as the pipeline of skilled individuals coming through Further and Higher Education. It is forecast that Scotland’s Life and Chemical Sciences sectors will need an additional 3,800 workers by 2027. Companies are reporting the need for more recruits in areas including engineering, digital skills, regulation and compliance, and advanced manufacturing.

SDS, together with a range of partners, is working to address these short-term and long-term issues, with an action plan that identifies four priority themes:

  • addressing specific skills shortages;
  • ensuring national coverage of skills and training provision;
  • increasing exposure to, and understanding of, the industry; and
  • enhancing practical experience.

For further information please contact Dr Ronnie Palin.

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