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Integration and Alignment

Better integration and alignment of employability with other services is a vital part of our ambition to tackle labour market inequalities and help more people into work.

'Creating a Fairer Scotland: A New Future for Employability Support in Scotland' (March 2016) emphasises the need for partnership working across government and sectors to increase efficiency and effectiveness, including better alignment of skills and employability investment.  This is in line with the Scottish Government's response to the Christie Commission report on improving the coherence and integration of public services in Scotland.

Research conducted for the Scottish Employability Forum in 2014 by Cambridge Policy Consultants titled  'Review of the Allocation of Employability Resources in Scotland' highlighted the complex delivery landscape and  fragmented nature of support with a need for greater alignment of services.

New devolved employment services have been designed to help tackle many of the labour market inequalities, but this is just one of a number of levers that could help create a fairer labour market.  It's important we look again at the wider employability system so that it more consistently tackles the challenges people face, and does so in a way that is easier for people to navigate and which  joins up other services more effectively.

On Tuesday 27 March, the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills announced the publication of 'No One Left Behind - Next steps for the Integration and Alignment of Employability Support in Scotland' ('the Plan').   You can find more information here.

In August 2017, the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills announced that thirteen projects would receive funding from the Employability Innovation and Integration Fund (2017/18 - 2018/19) to join up employability provision with health and social care, justice and housing services.   You can find more information here