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Employability Innovation and Integration Fund

In August 2017, the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills 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 Project 



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 Partnership 






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 Employment 






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 Project



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.