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- Employability Innovation and Integration Fund

In August 2017, the Minister for Employability and Training announced that thirteen projects had been chosen to receive funding from our Employability Innovation and Integration Fund.  These projects involve partners collaborating at a local level to deliver new innovative approaches to join up employability support with health and social care, justice and housing services.  A copy of the press release can be found here.

Learning from these projects will feed into the Scottish Government's wider work on developing an employability system that is more flexible and responsive to the needs of Scotland's labour market.

A summary of the projects is provided below:- 

1.1.1 List of Successful Projects for the Employability Innovation and
Integration Fund 2017/18 - 2018/19


Project Name



Project Location



Lead Partner



Short Summary of Project



Work Read Plus



Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire,West Dunbartonshire, and



West College Scotland 



A package of employment support
  to adults with mild to moderate learning differences autistic spectrum
  disorder, and mental health problems.  The approach differs from other
  models of employment support in supporting longer term sustainable employment
  through equipping people with work based qualifications.






Dundee, Perth and Kinross, and



Dundee City Council 



Regional employability approach
  to integrate public services with employability and skills with a focus on
  housing, healthy living, and community justice and embed within employability
  support in three local authorities.  



Delivering Differently - For
  Mental Health and Employment 






Fife Council



Approach called 'Delivering
  Differently - For Mental Health and Employment' will focus on increasing
  employment outcomes for people experiencing mental health issues through
  employing a strategic co-ordinator to work with stakeholders to change how
  employability and mental health services are aligned in Fife.



Joined Up For Jobs Integration



City of Edinburgh 



Capital City Partnership 



Integrate the work of health and social care, housing and
  criminal justice by having a one year localities integration team to
  co-ordinate all activity working with a social care team, targeting social
  housing residents to engage with employability services, and implementing
  framework around Community in Motion pilot which aims to address the problems
  of low persistent re-offending.



Community Justice Employability






Stirling Council



Join up public and third sector
  services including Criminal Justice Social Work, Stirling Community
  Enterprise, Addiction Support and Counselling Forth Valley and NHS Keep Well
  to improve employment outcomes of those who are in the criminal justice
  system of those identified as being at risk of offending.



Family Health Improvement and
  Employability Support Project 



Bridgeton area of Glasgow



Clyde Gateway URC



Health improvement and
  employability project that links the needs of parents and caregivers
  attending Bridgeton Family Learning Centre to skills development and
  employment opportunities whilst accessing health and wellbeing, volunteering,
  and financial inclusion services.  



Access to Opportunities 



North Lanarkshire



North Lanarkshire Council



Join up services for homeless
  residents who have recognised health, social care and housing support needs
  (with a particular focus on young care leavers and vulnerable adults of all
  ages) and align these with a range of employability services and programmes
  that operate in the North Lanarkshire area.



Just Learning - Skills for






Renfrewshire Council



Integrate key provision to improve skills and employment
  opportunities of those with historic or current criminal convictions (with a
  focus on women who have experienced significant trauma and those who have
  committed high risk violent/and or sexual offences) including people subject
  to diversionary initiatives, serving short sentences, community payback
  orders or licence.



Inverclyde Resilience Project






Inverclyde Council 



A collaborative public and
  private sector approach to provide supported employment for vulnerable people
  including those experiencing the criminal justice system whose additional
  barriers may include addictions and/or homelessness.



Tackling Inequalities and
  Improving Outcomes Project






Falkirk Council



Build on a model of practice
  currently available for female clients in Falkirk and extend it to men to
  improve the health and well-being of people in the criminal justice system by
  identifying and addressing health related issues and creating supported
  pathways to employment.



Structured Deferred Sentence



South Lanarkshire



South Lanarkshire Council 



Pilot a model of Structured
  Deferred Sentence model for young people aged between 16-21 involved in
  offending behaviour that will include employability elements to secure
  sustainable positive outcomes.



Employment Academy for Supported
  Training (EAST)



North Lanarkshire



North Lanarkshire Council 



Pilot an Employment Academy for
  Supported Training Programme for people who have a learning disability and a
  criminal conviction.



Health 4 Work



North Aberdeenshire



Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership



A proposal to provide medically trained
  staff to support people with mental health issues, people who are known to
  criminal justice, and people who have substance misuse issues to start new or
  return to employment.