The Committee is undertaking work on the central elements of its remit on an ongoing basis. This page will be updated to reflect the work done on Skills.
The Committee has been looking at Young People's Pathways, specifically looking at the progress of the impementation of recommendations from the Developing the Young Workforce plan relating to Senior Phase Vocational Pathways and preparing young people for the world of work. A link to this inquiry is here.
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills - 29 June 2016
The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills gave evidence to the Committee on 29 June 2016. In advance of this meeting, the Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary asking for a written statement on the Scottish Government's plans for Education and Skills policy in Session 5.
Meetings and visits in Stirling - 30/31 August 2016
To inform the further planned evidence sessions in September and October the Committee undertook a number of meetings and visits in Stirling.
Stakeholder evidence - 7 September 2016
The Committee received written and oral evidence from stakeholders and experts.
Scottish Government evidence - 2 November 2016
Read the Official Report of the meeting on 2 November 2016
Inquiry into the performance and role of key public bodies - late 2016
In late 2016, the Committee undertook an inquiry into the performance and role of key education and skills bodies, including the Scottish Funding Council and Skills Development Scotland. Read more about the Committee's inquiry into the performance of key education and skills bodies.
Session with the IPPR
On 19 April 2017, the Committee took evidence from Russell Gunson, Director of IPPR Scotland, on its report Equipping Scotland for the future: Key Challenges for the Scottish Skills System.
Read the Official Report of the meeting on 19 April 2017.
Following the meeting, the Committee wrote to Skills Development Scotland.
Following the evidence session on 7 September. the Convener wrote to the Minister for Employability and Training highlighting concerns raised regarding the Apprenticeship Levy. The Minister responded to this letter on 22 September 2016.
The Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills seeking further information on issues raised during the evidence session on 2 November. The Cabinet Secretary responded on 1 December 2016.
Action for Children wrote to the Committee regarding their research, evidence base and service delivery with key areas of interest including the National Training Programmes in the context of the devolved employability programmes.
The Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work wrote to the Convener regarding publication of a report marking the end of Phase 2 of the Enterprise and Skills Review.
Skills Development Scotland wrote to the Convener regarding the publication of it's Equality Action Plan for Modern Apprenticeships.
Letter from Cabinet Secretary the the convener regarding the Flexible Workforce Fund Pilot.
Skills Development Scotland received a letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills in respect of setting the strategic priorities for Skills Development Scotland for 2018/ 19.