19 June 2006, Edinburgh, Scotland –

21 Sector Skill Councils and 6 Sector Skill Bodies are working together to drive forward
the development of a skilled and competitive Scottish workforce through the innovative
and effective project; Promoting Workplace Learning. The project’s main vehicle of
dissemination, an interactive DVD, will be launched at a major skills event on the 20th
June 2006. Employers, key stakeholders and Scottish ministers will be attending to
celebrate the unveiling.

This Collaborative Project hopes to encourage investment in work-related learning and
raise employer awareness of what constitutes cost effective and fit-for–purpose training.
A recent report by Futureskills Scotland intimated that less than two-thirds of workplaces
had funded or arranged training in the preceding 12 months. It is hoped the Promoting
Workplace Learning project can help to improve this statistic and Scotland’s place as a
competitive economy.

21 Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) along with 6 Sector Skill Bodies (SSBs) have come
together to deliver and disseminate the Promoting Workplace Learning project. It is the
first time so many SSBs and SSCs have worked together in such a coordinated way.
Working in collaboration provides a scale that individual Sector Skills Councils and
Bodies cannot achieve. This alliance is likely to promote further partnership working and
establish an economy of scale for future SSC and SSB activity in Scotland.

Significantly, all Key Stakeholders involved with the Lifelong learning agenda across
Scotland are united in support of this project.

Other delivery partners include learndirect scotland, Futureskills Scotland, SSAScot and
the Scottish Executive who are co-sponsors of the Promoting Workplace Learning
project, together with the European Structural Fund.

Allan Wilson MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, and other
Scottish ministers are supportive of what the project is trying to achieve.

 “The Scottish Executive are pleased to be co-sponsors of this project as it targets an
important area of the Scottish economy – inproving investment in our workforce.”
Editors’ Notes
About the PWL Project
Promoting Workplace Learning is a collaborative project being delivered by 21 Sector Skill
Councils and 6 Sector Skill Bodies who have a significant sectoral footprint in Scotland.

Each SSC or SSB is an employer-led, independent organisation that covers a specific sector
across the UK. Their functions include reducing skills gaps and skills shortages; improving
productivity, business and public service performance; increasing opportunities to boost the skills
and productivity of their sector’s workforce; and improving learning supply including
apprenticeships, higher education and National Occupational Standards (NOS).

The two year project is being managed by Sector Skills Alliance Scotland (SSAScot), an
organisation dedicated to providing support to sector skill councils and sector skill bodies in their
campaign to up-skill the Scottish workforce.

Funding has been secured from both the European Structural Fund and the Scottish Executive in
year one and the Scottish Executive only in year two.

In year one the project has delivered the following outcomes: a series of evidence based reports
on workplace learning; an interactive DVD containing both generic and sector-specific information
(this can be attained by calling Kathryn Lee at SSAScot); a workplace learning evaluation tool to
evaluate the effectiveness of workplace learning; access to a sectoral ‘map’ linking all major
sectors of Scottish industry with the relevant sector body; a DVD Launch Event for employers,
key stakeholders and collaborating partners; a sectoral information line in partnership with
learndirect scotland and a project website. (

In year two PWL’s key messages will be disseminated via the 27 Collaborating Partners. The
interactive DVD will be employed to encourage employers to invest in workplace learning; SSCs
and SSBs plan to hold employer events and workshops across Scotland.

List of Collaborating Partners:
      Asset Skills                        Lifelong Learning                   Creative & Cultural
      Automotive Skills                    UK                                   Industries
                                                                            
      ConstructionSkills                   People 1                             SCVO
      Cogent                              SEMTA                               CILT - National
      E & U Skills                        SkillsActive                         Centre for
      e-skills UK                         Skillfast-UK                         Languages
      Financial Services                  Skillsmart                          ECITB
         Skills Council                    Skillset                            ENTO
      GoSkills                            Summit Skills                       FFINTO
      Improve Ltd                         Skills for Care and                 HABIA
      Lantra                               Development
                                           Proskills

For Further Information Please Contact:
Kathryn Lee
28 Castle Street                             
Phone: 0131 225 1637
Mob: 07740 359 093

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