New cash to target small employers
The organisation has received an extra pound;3 million from the Scottish Executive and some of that will be used to link small businesses with the 500 "branded" centres approved by LDS to offer quality learning.
"This would serve the twin purposes of promoting inclusion and employability," Mr Pignatelli said.
The conference also saw the launch of a new "learning principles" toolkit aimed at staff in learning centres. It will be used to run masterclasses, based on the latest academic research, in a range of areas such as motivation, barriers to learning and learning styles, as well as more specific topics such as work-based learning and working with the homeless.