Ministerial Summit on Employability 2016 & 2017
On Wednesday 23 November 2016, the Minister for Employability
Training, Jamie Hepburn MSP, hosted the Scottish Government's
Summit on Employability - Scotland's New Services: Bringing about
a step change in Employability Support.
During this event, the Minister in his
speech outlined the progress towards delivering
transitional services from April 2017, and also set out more
detail on Scotland's fully devolved employment services from 2018.
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The Scottish Government is committed to working in partnership
involving those who use and those who deliver employment support
has been a constant driver as we work to reshape employability
in Scotland. The Ministerial Summit on Employability included a
of organisations within the employability network and aimed to
breadth of knowledge and expertise, with a particular emphasis on
the approach to integration and alignment.
As outlined in the
Programme further contributions were made as noted below:
- Dr Jim McCormick, Associate Director for Scotland with the
Rowntree Foundation chaired the event.
- Roundtable discussions on
'Developing an Approach to Integration and
Alignment of Devolved Employment Services'. Outputs from this
be used to further inform the on-going work of the Employability
- Dr Sally Witcher OBE, Chief Executive of Inclusion Scotland and
of Scotland's Devolved Employment Services Advisory Group,
'Tackling the real reasons for disabled people's
- A panel discussion on 'Delivering a Step-Change for People
Employment Services'. The panel consisted of Laurie Russell (The
Group), Professor Alan McGregor (Glasgow University), Pamela Smith
Denise Horsfall (DWP) and Mike McElhinney (Scottish Government).
The discussion was supported by a short film which captured the
views of The Prince's Trust volunteers who shared their views on
the help they received and what aspects could be improved.
- Naomi Eisenstadt, the First Minister's Independent Advisor on
and Inequality presented on
'Poverty, Employability and Young People'.
- Closing remarks were provided by Dr Jim McCormick and Dominic
Scottish Government Director for Fair Work, Employability and
A range of information on the event is available in the related