Regional Skills Assessments

Scotland’s Economic Strategy, released by the First Minister in March 2015, has two mutually supportive goals of increasing competitiveness and tackling inequality. To achieve this, strategic partners must be able to access and utilise a robust evidence base to support planning.  

Regional Skills Assessments (RSA)s provide a single, agreed evidence base to inform future investment in skills, built up from existing evidence. Ekosgen’s work will support Colleges and the Scottish Funding Council in negotiating the Regional Outcome Agreements for the 2017-2020 period, as well as helping Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to align their investment in individuals and businesses. The RSAs support the wider partners in planning their strategic investment in skills and highlight any gaps in the national and regional skills evidence

Having completed the 2015 refresh of the Regional Skills Assessments and accompanying Data Matrix and user guide, ekosgen was commissioned in July 2016 by SDS, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council and the Scottish Local Authority Economic Development Group, to undertake the 2016 iteration of the RSAs and update the Data Matrix.

As well as refreshing the data in the Data Matrix, we added in new indicators, increasing it from 87 to 116 economic and social indicators. The data is presented over time and at the regional, City Deal region, local authority and national spatial levels.

To make them more user-friendly, this year’s RSAs have been produced in a summary slidepack format as well as a full report. ekosgen has produced 13 regional slidepacks, 3 City Deal slidepacks and 25 local authority slidepacks.  They comprise of an economic overview of the area and how this has changed over time, implications for the area and planning recommendations. The slidepacks use a balance of text, tables, charts and visuals/infographics to make them as reader-friendly as possible.

The ekosgen 2016 slidepacks and Data Matrix can be found here: