Phil Ford is the Head of Digital Economy and Financial Services at Skills Development Scotland, leading a team to shape cross-sectoral strategies to ensure skills planning, investment and delivery are demand led in support of industry priorities. Phil has previously worked as a Regional Skills Planning Lead for SDS in the south east and south of Scotland. This role involved close partnership working with a range of stakeholders, to develop Skills Investment Plans to ensure that regional supply meets current and future demand. He has previously worked in several senior roles in the Construction Industry Training Board and most recently as the Strategic Partnerships Director for Scotland. In this position he was responsible for driving forward a £2m Joint Investment Strategy with the Scottish Government to address skills and training needs in the construction industry and working closely with politicians to influence policy development.
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