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Grahame Smith is General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC).
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Smith attended Bishopbriggs High School, which merged into Bishopbriggs Academy, between 1971-77. Smith is a graduate of Strathclyde University, where he obtained an Honours Degree in Economics and Industrial Relations.
Smith joined the STUC in 1986 as an Assistant Secretary with responsibility for Health and Social Services and Education and Training matters. He was appointed as the STUC's Deputy General Secretary in 1996. In that role he headed the STUC's Policy and Campaigns Department and had specific responsibility for the STUC's work on lifelong learning and public services. In November 2006 he was appointed as the General Secretary of the STUC.
Smith led the establishment of the STUC Lifelong Learning Unit; the STUC Skills & Lifelong Learning Team and the Ministerial Trade Union Working Party on Lifelong Learning, of which he is a member. He is a member of the Scottish Union Learning Fund Advisory Committee and the Scottish Executive's Lifelong Learning Forum.
He is a member of the National Workforce Plus Partnership Board, the Board of SCDI, and the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council. He is the Vice Chairperson of Glasgow North Ltd, has served as a member of the Careers Service Review Committee, and was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Review of the Enterprise Network.
He was appointed in December 2007 as a Commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.