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Ministerial Summit on Employability 2016

On Wednesday 23 November 2016, the Minister for Employability and
Training, Jamie Hepburn MSP, hosted the Scottish Government's Ministerial
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. Please see the related news release.

Background

The Scottish Government is committed to working in partnership and
involving those who use and those who deliver employment support in Scotland
has been a constant driver as we work to reshape employability support services
in Scotland. The Ministerial Summit on Employability included a broad spectrum
of organisations within the employability network and aimed to harness the
breadth of knowledge and expertise, with a particular emphasis on developing
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 Joseph
    Rowntree Foundation chaired the event.
  • Roundtable discussions on 'Developing an Approach to Integration and
    Alignment of Devolved Employment Services'
    . Outputs from this session will
    be used to further inform the on-going work of the Employability Programme
    team.
  • Dr Sally Witcher OBE, Chief Executive of Inclusion Scotland and member
    of Scotland's Devolved Employment Services Advisory Group, presented on
    'Tackling the real reasons for disabled people's unemployment'.
  • A panel discussion on 'Delivering a Step-Change for People Using New
    Employment Services'. The panel consisted of Laurie Russell (The Wise
    Group), Professor Alan McGregor (Glasgow University), Pamela Smith (SLAED),
    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 Poverty
    and Inequality presented on 'Poverty, Employability and Young People'.
  • Closing remarks were provided by Dr Jim McCormick and Dominic Munro,
    Scottish Government Director for Fair Work, Employability and Skills.

A range of information on the event is available in the related media
section.