Skills Development Scotland



Kingdom Works supports 100th client as economic impact of coronavirus continues

Kingdom Housing Association’s employability project, Kingdom Works, has celebrated supporting its 100th client through Skills Development Scotland’s Employability Fund since lockdown restrictions were eased.

Published 16 October 2020

New benefit to help young people into work

A new benefit to support 16 to 24-year-olds into work if they have been unemployed for six months will open for applications today.

Published 17 August 2020

£10m fund to help apprentices return to work

Economy secretary Fiona Hyslop has announced a £10 million package of measures to recruit and retain apprentices, including additional funding for the Scottish Government’s Adopt an Apprentice programme.

Published 11 August 2020

Kingdom Works secures £700k funding to support unemployed people back into work

Kingdom Housing Association’s employability project Kingdom Works has secured funding of over £700k from Skills Development Scotland and Opportunities Fife to continue to support unemployed people back into work.

Published 10 June 2020

Western Isles apprentices to be helped to access low-cost housing

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES) and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will help apprentices in the Western Isles access low-cost housing with the creation of a new charter.

Published 31 October 2019

LAR Housing Trust appoints apprentice Lewis Yule as property manager

LAR Housing Trust is hailing modern apprentices a success after appointing its first apprentice, Lewis Yule, to the role of property manager.

Published 19 September 2019

£1m digital skills fund to increase employment opportunities

People who are out of work and those on low incomes will be helped to develop digital skills in order to open up job opportunities.

Published 31 May 2019

Working group formed to ensure long-term future for housebuilding skills

The Scottish Government is to work with key stakeholders to ensure the right skills are available for housing and construction developments.

Published 26 April 2018

SFHA launches housing apprentice action plan

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has today launched an ambitious plan to increase the amount and range of Modern Apprenticeships that are available in the country.

Published 2 June 2017

Caledonia Housing Association kick starts Scottish Apprentice Week 2017 with MSP Bill Bowman

Skills Development Scotland’s annual Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017 is being held this week to celebrate the benefits apprenticeships bring to individuals, businesses and communities across the country, as well as their valuable contribution to the Scottish economy.

Published 8 March 2017

Keepmoat trainee went from job fair to job offer in weeks

A talented trainee from Port Glasgow has landed his dream job in construction, after approaching Action for Children at a job fair and impressing his bosses on a 13 week work placement.

Published 15 June 2016

Plan for youngsters to get their first foot on (professional) property ladder takes off

An ambitious national plan for apprenticeships has been announced today by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

Published 1 June 2016

Housing minister launches SFHA Apprentice Challenge 2016

Minister for housing and welfare Margaret Burgess MSP will mark the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2016 (February 29–4 March) by launching a national challenge for housing apprentices.

Published 29 February 2016

PoLHA training programme receives over £200,000 funding

Port of Leith Housing Association’s (PoLHA) training programme for young people Training Opportunities in Lothian (TOiL) has secured over £200,000 funding which will allow it to expand its services into East Lothian.

Published 19 June 2015