In his latest exclusive column for Futurescot, Ross Tuffee, chair of the Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Digital Economy Skills Group, calls on tech employers to get involved in shaping the future of apprenticeships in Scotland.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week took place last month, offering a great opportunity to celebrate and showcase the important role that apprentices have in helping to rebuild our country’s economy, especially post-pandemic.

Although the tech sector remains relatively resilient compared to others, there is still a massive skills gap that needs to be plugged, and one way of doing that is taking on an apprentice. But we also need to make sure those apprenticeships are fit for purpose… which is where you come in.

Skills Development Scotland has issued a call out to all technology employers, and other sectors that employ digital tech professionals (which, let’s face it, is almost every organisation nowadays) to get involved and help reshape digital apprenticeships to make sure they are relevant to your needs as a business.

SDS is seeking employers of all sizes, learning providers and representative bodies who are involved in digital technology skills to input into the process.

Ross Tuffee, chairman of the DTSG, Skills Development Scotland

The work is part of a full sectoral review of Scottish apprenticeships, offering the chance for employers to take ownership of the design and construction of apprenticeships to ensure they are relevant, adaptable and that they will create the skills you need.  

There are apprenticeship frameworks for data analysts, cybersecurity specialists, software developers, creative media, digital marketing and IT. But are they still meeting your business requirements, and delivering the skills you need?

This really is a great opportunity for you to help develop something with a lasting legacy. You can help our young people and at the same time ensure that your business will thrive by accessing the the right people with the right skills, along with the right attitude to lifelong, work-based learning.

To get involved, and to help shape the future of digital apprenticeships, please visit

New digital tech sign language

Although not directly related to apprenticeships, the latest initiative from SDS to create new BSL signs for young deaf people wanting to study or work in tech is very welcome. Inclusivity is vital for the future of a tech sector able to deliver products and services that meet the needs of the many, and not just a few. So well done to all involved in this great project.