Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board

The Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board (SAAB) gives employers and industry a leading role in developing apprenticeships in Scotland. Their knowledge and experience will help inform decisions about the future of apprenticeships. 

This will ensure apprenticeships develop to meet industry and economic need, fair work, and job opportunities. So, employers can be confident that apprenticeships are designed to build the right skills for their businesses. And apprentices will know their qualification can properly prepare them for work in their industry.

The Board was created following recommendations from the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce. It's led by employers and representatives from industry bodies across a range of sectors. 

Skills Development Scotland will work with the Board to ensure a demand-led, responsive and adaptive work-based learning system for employers and the Scottish economy.

The Board is made up of four groups:

Group Board

The Board is responsible for providing advice and making recommendations on the guiding principles, operational policy, systems and structures supporting apprenticeships. Its members are senior business representatives.

Employer Engagement Group

This group listens to and communicates with employers. It gathers insight on how to support and encourage employer participation in apprenticeships. Members include employers, and representatives from the Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce National Group, Confederation of British Industry, Federation of Small Businesses, Chambers of Commerce, Scottish Council for Development and Industry, Institute of Directors, Scottish Trades Union Congress, and COSLA.

Employer Equalities Group

The aim of this group is to address under-representation in apprenticeships, and support better access to and participation in Modern Apprenticeships. Members include employers, and representatives from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, business organisations, and the Scottish Trades Union Congress.

Frameworks and Standards Group

This group oversees the development of apprenticeship frameworks and standards. The members include employers, and representatives from the Scottish Qualifications Authority, Scottish Training Federation, Colleges Scotland, Scottish Trades Union Congress, and key sectors. 

More information

Read more about the membership of SAAB in our structure and remit document.

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