David Coyne


Centre for Work-based Learning in Scotland


David Coyne is the Director of the Centre for Work Based Learning in Scotland.

The Centre (CWBL) is a collaboration between Skills Development Scotland, University of Strathclyde, Heriot Watt University and Robert Gordon University.  CWBL is undertaking a three year programme of research and development to develop the evidence base and current practice in Work Based Learning in Scotland.  The research programme is complemented by a broad dissemination and communications plan which will place Scotland, and Work Based Learning at the centre of innovation in the Learner Journey.

David also performs a role in the leadership team in SDS providing advice on Employability, Fair Work and Labour Market Strategy.  This supports the ambition for SDS to continue to develop innovative skills and employment programmes and initiatives and to promote and implement Workplace Innovation across Scotland.

Prior to joining SDS, David was Head of City Deal and Head of Economic Development at Glasgow City Council, and led the negotiation of the £1.13Bn Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal.

Previously David was Executive Director of Glasgow Works, the DWP funded City Strategy Pathfinder which designed and implemented a £50m Employability Programme between 2007 and 2011.

David also held leadership roles in the third sector and has worked internationally as a consultant on economic development and EU enlargement

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