Public Bodies in Scotland affect every member of the population in many ways. From promoting tourism to rural matters, public bodies contribute to the economic, environmental and social development of Scotland.
Public Bodies (sometimes known as Quangos) are Government agencies which report to ministers but are not controlled by them and make a significant contribution to life in Scoland in areas like tourism, culture, environmental matters, business development, transport and education.
Visitscotland (often referred to as the Scottish Tourist Board) are the primary tourism agency in Scotland. They operate local tourist information centres as well as promoting tourism service providers and Scotland as a whole. They employ staff in a wide range of job roles, including customer service, quality assurance and marketing
The Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise work closely with new and existing business to improve the economic landscape of the country. As well as supporting and encouraging new business ventures they are heavily involved in attracting existing national or global business to Scotland. Job roles include business advisors, project managers and administration staff.
SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) are tasked with providing a environmental protection system for Scotland to improve the enviroment and aid sustainable development. Typical job roles are mainly in scientific specialisms but the agency also requires administrative staff.
Other key public bodies in Scotland include:
General Teaching Council for Scotland
Learning & Teaching Scotland
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority
National Galleries of Scotland
National Library of Scotland
National Museums of Scotland
Scottish Arts Council
Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care (the Care Commission)
Scottish Law Commission
Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Scottish Records Advisory Council
Water Industry Commission for Scotland