Regional Skills Assessments (RSAs) provide the evidence we need to plan skills investment in Scotland’s people and businesses.
The aim of RSAs is to provide a coherent evidence base to inform future investment in skills, built up from existing datasets. RSAs are developed and used by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and its partners including: Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Government, the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group and the South of Scotland Economic Partnership.
Last year, the RSAs were re-focussed in response to the Enterprise and Skills Review to support Skills Alignment. This includes a five-step planning model, the first step of which is a Skills Demand Assessment.
To continue to support this, the suite of RSA resources has maintained its focus on demand side evidence. They highlight economic and labour market data, offering trends, forecasts and insight for RSA regions, City Regions, Growth Deal areas and Local Authorities.
This year, the RSA materials will be released in two phases:
Phase one: Release of the new interactive RSA Data Matrix in August 2019
Phase two: Release of RSA Summary Reports and Infographics in October 2019.