Economic strategy prioritises collaboration to ensure skills for new green workforce


Net zero transition plays a role in Scotland’s National Strategy for Economic Transformation.

This Strategy sets out how public, private and third sector partnerships can work together to help make Scotland’s workforce more agile and support employers to invest in emerging economic opportunities.

Economy Secretary Kate Forbes commented on the announcement: “The next decade will be decisive for Scotland’s economy and a key part of achieving our enormous economic potential will be investing in one of our greatest economic assets – our people.

“We want to build on the success of our Young Person’s Guarantee, Future Skills Action Plan and our investment in the Green Jobs Workforce Academy to create a skills system that offers lifetime access to new skills and retraining.

“A collaborative approach across all sectors will support our commitment to lifelong learning to ensure people across Scotland can access the tools they need for the jobs of the future and to participate in the labour market.

“This will also support employers to access incentives to invest in emerging economic opportunities which has the potential to lead to new jobs, new skills, and new ideas.”

Actions from the Strategy include:

  • working collaboratively with employers and unions to increase investment in upskilling and retraining to better meet the needs of employers and employees in Scotland’s transition to net zero
  • implementing the Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan to align Scotland’s skills system with business needs to reach net zero
  • implementing the next phase of the Green Jobs Workforce Academy and launching a new skills guarantee for workers in carbon intensive industries
  • developing proposals for a national digital academy to open up access to a range of subjects for all learners

More information about Scotland’s National Strategy for Economic Transformation is available on the Scottish Government website.