Plan for a new Financial Services Skills and Inclusion Hub unveiled

SFE led the production of an industry-led Financial Services Skills Action Plan, alongside Skills Development Scotland, educators, third sector organisations, and the Scottish Government.

The plan was presented to Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy, Kate Forbes MSP, and endorsed by the First Minister. It includes proposals to create Scotland’s first Financial Services Skills and Inclusion Hub, a virtual environment created, developed, and delivered by the industry through key partnerships, supporting the aim of filling 50,000 roles in the next three years.

The hub aligns with the Scottish Government’s recently launched National Strategy for Economic Transformation and will contribute significantly to accelerated economic recovery, the development of Scotland’s skilled workforce and promoting inclusive growth.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“This is an important step forward in building Scotland’s status as a leading global financial centre in which people from all backgrounds want to work. We want to attract skilled people to come and work within our financial services industry as well as create a sustainable and accessible platform for them.

“We want people - whatever their age or circumstances - to see finance as an achievable industry to break into and not one that is only for a select few. That is why it is important we collaborate to ensure we’re doing everything we can to promote financial services across Scotland’s schools. By bringing together employers with educators we can identify talent as early as possible and open pathways which will benefit the sector and help us build a more inclusive labour market.

“This industry-led Skills Action Plan will support the development of Scotland’s skilled workforce, with the aim of filling 50,000 new roles in the next three years, and I welcome this alignment with the ambition we set out in our new National Strategy for Economic Transformation.”

SFE Chief Executive, Sandy Begbie CBE, said:

“We were delighted that the First Minister welcomed our Skills Action Plan as we launch our new visual identity and website. Our message this week is that finance is one of Scotland’s biggest assets. We have a truly unique, globally recognised financial services ecosystem here that is at the cutting-edge in terms of technology and innovation and offers real value and expertise to international investors. Supporting and enabling new pipelines of diverse talent is essential as we seek to build on these strong foundations and create more well paid, highly productive jobs and investment to benefit the whole of Scotland.”

Caitlin Cooke, Seconded Head of Skills and Talent, SFE, and Senior Manager, EY, said:

“This time last year we launched Scotland’s Financial Services Strategy which underlined our commitment to having a positive impact on society through leading the journey to net zero, supporting the economic recovery, responding to changing customer needs, and developing skills and inclusion. We are now putting concrete plans into place to make sure the aims of the strategy are delivered, working collaboratively with government, industry, educators and the third-sector to ensure the best possible outcomes for the sector while creating inclusive growth and fair, long-term prosperity for all.”