Business Jobs & Skills Partnership

Public, private and voluntary/community sector partnership

The Alliance is supported by a public, private and voluntary/community sector partnership which is responsible for taking forward Economic Development in Clackmannanshire.

Building Clackmannanshire: Economic Development Framework 2008-2018 lays out the context for economic development in the county, the challenges and the priorities at the heart of action which will be taken in pursuit of the relevant outcomes in the Single Outcome Agreement.

The Business Jobs Skills Partnership Team evolved from the former Economic Development Partnership Team after the Alliance reviewed its supporting structures. It has assumed the remit of its predecessor which identified the following key action areas to build Clackmannanshire’s economy:

The new rail link, the new Clackmannanshire Bridge and high-speed broadband access will link Clackmannanshire more closely to the national and international economy. We now need to be alert to initiatives that unlock their full economic benefits to provide an east/west gateway for Scotland.

The size and vitality of the local business base are key to generating sustainable economic growth. We will ensure that enterprises can access the blend of support they need to hone their competitive edge.

Our enterprises gain their edge from the skills, talents and creativity of their people. We need the right skills for gaining and sustaining work; we need the right quality and mix of skills in work. We will develop the personal, core and technical skills for employment within and outwith Clackmannanshire.

Vital to the success of our Framework is a Clackmannanshire-wide belief that we can compete and prosper; we will need to promote our advantages to the rest of Scotland and beyond. We will focus on increasing the national profile and perception of Clackmannanshire.

The Business Jobs Skills Partnership Team, which is chaired by a representative of the private sector and meets quarterly, is made up of representatives of


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  • If people want to learn something new, we enable that to happen by giving them the training and skills – and along the way they get good company and a sense of achievement from what they have made
    Archie Scott Committee member, Wee County Crafters
  • I get a lot of satisfaction as an RSVP volunteer and I would recommend getting involved. Volunteering Matters to me because of the impact it can have on our community and making a difference to peoples lives. It gives me the opportunity to keep active and to contribute to my community in retirement.
    Bob Kerr Handyperson, Volunteering Matters
  • Deciding to befriend was undoubtedly one of the best decisions I have ever made - we both get so much out of it. I look forward to spending time with her every week and we are always commenting on how much we have in common! Loneliness is something that can affect anyone at any time, and it is projects like this that are so important in helping to stop it. I would recommend befriending to anyone – even if they are feeling apprehensive like I was – as the benefits to the person you are matched with and yourself are endless
    Katie Wardlaw Befriender, Volunteering Matters
  • It has been a good transition from working full time to volunteering. I had not done anything like this since my children were young as I worked full time for a long time but now I feel I can give something back to the community – and I am really enjoying this role. It is a great fit
    Mary Quigley Mary Quigley, Driver/Group Assistant, The Friendship Club
  • I love the variety of work at Play Alloa – there is always something different going on – answering the phone, preparing for the Christmas fayre, parent information evenings, helping with surgeries and providing information for parents. I have really enjoyed being part of a team – everyone helps and supports each other
    Julie Milligan Administration Volunteer, Play Alloa