Scotch Whisky, Skilled Workforce Report 2016
17 Mar 2016
The Scotch Whisky industry is committed to its employees and
invests in its workforce. Some 96% of Scotch Whisky companies
provide training to employees, compared to the national average of
71%. There are good relationships with the broad education sector
to facilitate recruitment, the training offer for staff once
recruited is strong, both in-house through Modern Apprenticeships,
and there is close engagement with other academic and professional
institutions to develop skills further.
- The Scotch Whisky industry is committed to its employees and
invests in its workforce.
- 96% of Scotch Whisky companies provide training to employees,
compared to the national average of 71%.
- 78% of companies do not face any general recruitment
- There is an engineering shortage affecting many industries
across Scotland, including Scotch Whisky.
- The industry engages well with schools focussing on the diverse
roles and opportunities available in the industry.
- Modern Apprenticeships and in-house apprenticeships are offered
by Scotch Whisky companies.
- The Scotch Whisky industry will support the Scottish
Government's skills strategy.
Looking forward, the picture is encouraging but not without
challenges. The Scotch Whisky industry will need skills in
engineering and project management, sales and marketing, demand
forecasting/market research, branding, trade/ export and languages,
and high-level management capabilities.
The industry can develop most of these skills itself, but there
are particular difficulties in engineering and in management, where
there are insufficient qualified staff. There is strong competition
from other industries (though the contraction of the oil and gas
industry over the last year seems to have temporarily eased the
situation), and where encouraging people to relocate in rural and
relatively remote locations can be an issue. Partnership between
industry and government to develop these skills will be needed, and
it is important that government policy keeps Scotland an attractive
and cost-competitive place to work and live. The Scotch Whisky
Association is dedicated to continue to improve skills and training
in the Scotch Whisky industry and we commit ourselves to the
following actions to achieve this:
- The SWA will conduct regular and focused surveys of the
industry's skills and recruitment issues, and use them to inform
the broader debate about developing skills in Scotland.
- The SWA commits to highlight Modern Apprenticeships as a method
of training and development to its member companies.
- The SWA commits to promote on-line courses on the 'Introduction
to Scotch Whisky' for new recruits in the industry and wider supply
- The SWA will forge a closer relationship with Skills
Development Scotland and champion its Skills and Investment Plan
and its 'World of Work' web page.
- The SWA will work with the Scottish Government to promote the
action plan within its 'Manufacturing Future for Scotland'