Partnership agreement

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SKILLS Development Scotland and Scottish Borders Community Planning Partnership have given a joint commitment to the provision of skills development and training services across the area.

The Community Planning Partnership brings Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Borders Council, Jobcentre Plus, Borders College and others together, and the recent signing of a Service Delivery Agreement (SDA) formally pledges to provide a range of local and national services to individuals and employers.

Damien Yeates, chief Eexecutive of Skills Development Scotland said: “We continue to work closely with key stakeholders as we believe strong partnership working is crucial to identifying the requirements of the area and providing services appropriate to these needs.

“This Service Delivery Agreement is testament to our joint commitment to both individuals and businesses across the Scottish Borders.”

Among the pledges outlined in the SDA are commitments by SDS and Scottish Borders CPP to: Develop an integrated approach to enable employers to increase the number of Modern Apprenticeships on offer and to access other support such as the Employer Recruitment Incentive; utilise the Training For Work and Get Ready for Work programmes to offer training opportunities for unemployed people; promote the online services available from SDS; and work together to develop forecasts of future labour demand.

Mr Yeates added: “It is important that we recognise that each area has its own challenges and skills requirement.

“By entering in to a Service Delivery Agreement with local authorities we are ensuring that our services are tailored to the needs of each community.”

The SDA was also signed by Glenn Rodger, director of education and lifelong learning with Scottish Borders Council, a lead Community Planning partner.

He said: “By signing this agreement, Scottish Borders Council shows its commitment to partnership working to develop skills and training in this area.”