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Nov 21
Could you be our next Board member?
In this appointment round, Scottish Ministers are seeking to make three appointments to our Board.

 Full induction training and supporting resources covering issues such as roles and responsibilities, accountability and governance arrangements will be offered to new Board members.

 Being a Board member at Skills Development Scotland is a rewarding and inspiring experience. To excel in the future, we must act now. With the recent publication of our Strategic Plan 2019-2022,   we’re looking forward to rising to the challenge of building a Human Future and a joint vision of Scotland where we leverage our innate human characteristics and strengths, and work  together to drive a strong, vibrant and resilient economy.


Each of the new board members will bring one of the following priority skills to our members, and all will bring the general skills:

Priority skills

  • Knowledge and understanding of how the skills system can support industry and employers, inclusive growth and broader economic development
  • Knowledge and understanding of the skills necessary to deliver Digital Development and Business Transformation Experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) industry experience (in particular Life Sciences)

General skills

  • Ability to work co-operatively and collaboratively to influence and drive change in a complex environment
  • Governance, Risk and  Performance Management
  • Effective Communication

Should you decide you are able to contribute to our work, we would be delighted to hear from you. 

Please visit for further information on how to apply. If you would like to find out more about what we do or the specific role of our Board before you apply, you can watch a video of one of our current Board members, Beth Corcoran, or you can contact our Chief Executive’s Office at Board&

We can also put you in touch with a current Board member who will be more than happy to explain what is involved in the role.  

If you have any specific queries about the application process you can contact Public Appointments on Freephone 0300 244 1898 or at

The deadline for applications is 7 October 2019.