Workforce Review & Sharing Capacity

It is evident that in-keeping with many other public service professional staff groups, the road service has considerable staff planning concerns looking to the future. The ongoing erosion of experience and numbers of skilled staff across the country is not sustainable. The age profile of road operatives and professional staff is increasing and many authorities are offering voluntary redundancy to older staff.  There are very few new staff (especially at entry level) being brought into the roads service and career progression opportunities are limited.

 

Therefore, particular specialist skills, for example street lighting, road safety, traffic engineering, network management etc. are reducing, and opportunities for formal training becoming fewer. There is increasing use of consultants to provide skills such as structural design, traffic management and traffic regulation orders and this may not be cost effective in the long term. There are also gender balance concerns.

 

This project is led by a steering group made up of members from CITB, the Improvement Service, Qualifications for Industry, SCOTS, Skills Development Scotland and SPDS. The key features of the project are:

 

  • Data capture of existing road-related workforce, covering demographics and skillsets
  • A future scan will be carried out to determine the staffing needs in 15-20 years
  • Based on the future scan, a gap analysis will be undertaken to identify challenges
  • Mapping of current training/development opportunities available
  • Existing and future job specifications will be analysed and profiled to seek some consistency at different levels
  • The wider academic sector and professional institutions will be engaged to assist in finding solutions to the identified challenges
  • Skills sharing opportunities will be developed at local, regional and national level
  • Attractive operational and professional career structures will be developed
  • A Workforce Action plan will be developed and passed to industry for implementation

Contact

Angus Bodie
Programme Manager

Tel. 07794 762863

Email Angus

 

Shaun Millar

Project Officer

Tel. 01506 283837

Email Shaun