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Remuneration:£460 per day 

Location:Various locations throughout Scotland 

Closing date:08 June 2018 at midday 

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint a new Chair of the Board of Skills Development Scotland (SDS). 

SDS plays a central role in the short, medium and long-term economic and social success of Scotland. From providing direct support to young people at risk of disengaging with education through to developing and using high quality skills planning data, the organisation drives forward on a diverse range of activities. These put SDS in a leadership position across the economy, the labour market and the Scottish education system.

As chair of SDS you will lead on the next phase of development of this already high performing and innovative organisation.  This will see an increasing focus on collaboration with businesses, schools, colleges, universities and other public bodies for the benefit of young people, the workforce and Scotland’s business base.  It will see further development of customer centred services which combine the work of an expert workforce operating in all parts of Scotland with world leading web-based services.  And it will see on-going operational delivery of high level Government commitments on Scotland’s successful and developing apprenticeship programme and national careers service.

The chair will work on behalf of Ministers to ensure that SDS remains a high performing public body delivering value for money within Scotland’s evolving Enterprise and Skills system.

Terms of Appointment

The daily remuneration rate for this position is £460, up to a maximum total fee of £44,160 per financial year (based on a maximum of 8 days per month). You will also receive reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses and reasonable child care/carer costs incurred whilst undertaking Board duties.

The appointment is not pensionable.

This appointment will be for up to 3 years in the first instance. This appointment will be formally effective from 1 October 2018.


SDS Board meetings may be held at different locations throughout Scotland.


Interviews will be held on 25th and 26th June 2018.  All interviews will be held in Edinburgh.

Further information: If you would like to find out more about the role, you are welcome to contact Dominic Munro, Director Fair Work, Employability & Skills, Scottish Government on 0131 244 5510 or by email to dominic.munro@gov.scot

Full details of the skills, knowledge and experience required for this role are contained within the person specification, which forms part of the Applicant Information Pack. 

Please note your completed application must be received on or before 8 June 2018 at noon.   

We would welcome applications from anyone who believes they could make a strong contribution, particularly from groups currently under-represented as chairs of Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, ethnic minorities and people aged under 50. Ministers would welcome applicants from all geographical regions in Scotland to be truly reflective of the communities it serves.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.                                                           


Application Information

Please apply online.  If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require a word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898, by email at PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot, or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

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