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McLaughlin takes chair at skills group

Donald McLauglinSkills Development Scotland has appointed Donald McLaughlin as chairman of the Digital Technologies Skills Group.

The former Cisco Scotland director has served as member of the board for over a year and brings with him nearly 30 years experience in the global technology sector.

Mr McLaughlin’s appointment comes at a time when there is an unprecedented demand for digital skills.  

Claire Gillespie, sector skills manager for digital technologies skills at Skills Development Scotland said: “Donald McLaughlin is a passionate advocate for digital skills and is ideally placed to carry on the great work of the digital technology skills group.”

A key priority for the group is to improve the visibility and recognition of digital skills by reinforcing the need for skills not just in the tech sector but in the wider Scottish economy.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr McLaughlin said: “We have seen the start of initiatives like CodeClan and the Digital Xtra Fund to encourage untapped digital talent into the sector.  Importantly, we need to change the perception of tech and attract more women into the digital technology sector.

“Scotland has a long tradition for innovation.  I believe Scotland can be and should be a world leader in digital tech but to achieve this we must ensure the relevant digital skills are here in Scotland.”


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