Migrant skills

A GCU-led hub won Scottish Government funding to explore how migrants can use their expertise to shrink the country’s skills gap in construction, engineering, health and social care.

The project – awarded £130,000 – recognises migrants’ and refugees’ existing skills and qualifications and, in a speech to the STUC’s Annual Congress, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said lessons learned in the GCU-led pilot would be studied to see if the scheme could be rolled out nationally.

The First Minister said: “With all of Scotland’s population growth over the next 25 years projected to come from migration, we need to do all we can to ensure people who move to Scotland are able to realise their potential by accessing employment and addressing skills shortages and allowing them to build their lives and raise their families here.

“This project will help to address skills shortages across some of our key sectors and remove some of the barriers migrants and refugees face in recognising overseas qualifications, skills and learning, by providing training and matching them with employers.”

The GCU-led hub is working in partnership with the Bridges Programmes, Skills Development Scotland, Glasgow City Council, Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership, Scottish Qualifications Authority, the Scottish Refugee Council and Glasgow Clyde College.