Malcolm Cannon: Skills development and transformation hold key to future success

THIS week the IoD (Institute of Directors) celebrated our annual Director of the Year Awards, recognising the Scottish leaders who are rising to the daily challenges of running a business during very difficult circumstances.

The evening highlighted just how important the business community is in Scotland, and how vast our pool of talent is. Scottish businesses are at the heart of our economy, and so it was reassuring to hear the First Minister package up a range of plans to provide ongoing support to businesses last week and make a forceful commitment to their delivery.

Though several initiatives were announced to support a variety of sectors, two key themes cut through for me: skills development and transformation. Both pick up on recommendations laid down in Benny Higgins’ report from the Action Group for Economic Recovery.

The commitment shown to youth employment is especially encouraging. We know there is a lot

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Massachusetts higher education system receives $1.2 million in grant funding to make transformation toward racial justice and equity

The state Department of High Education more than a year ago applied for grants with a goal of pursuing equity and racial justice across public colleges and universities.

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Now, the department has announced that it has been awarded more than $1.2 million in grant dollars to do that work, which comes as the country is in the midst of tense conversations about race and the treatment of Black and Brown people in America. Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago said the dollars will help transform the system of public higher education.

The funding is from Lumina Foundation’s Talent, Innovation, Equity initiative grant and its Equity Institution grant. The dollars will help statewide and will also go to six institutions. Campuses receiving the grants are Holyoke Community College, Bridgewater State University, Bunker Hill Community College, Greenfield Community College, UMass Boston and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

“We

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Partners With ILX to Offer Programs in Digital Transformation Technology

With digital transformation rapidly advancing across the globe, ILX today extends its expertise from exclusive digital operations to digital transformation technology training, specifically in the areas of Big Data, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, and Cyber Security. Through this latest collaboration, Simplilearn will deliver digital skilling programs in these fields.

Simplilearn’s association with ILX reiterates its commitment to preparing a global workforce for a changing digital economy. This further adds to Simplilearn’s international partnerships with leading higher education institutions and online platforms, extending its global coverage and serving the training needs of an international clientele of individuals and organisations. 

Speaking on Simplilearn’s association with the ILX Group, Krishna Kumar, CEO & Founder, Simplilearn, said, “The UK is today one of the fastest growing global economies, and in today’s digital world it is important that the country’s workforce is enabled to support this growth. Digital skilling is a necessity

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