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Tripartite approach to employability

31 January 2013 

The Scottish Employability Forum (SEF) met for the first time today, jointly chaired by the Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore, The Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth John Swinney, and The COSLA Spokesperson for Community Wellbeing Cllr Harry McGuigan.

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The Forum has been brought together to lead efforts to reduce unemployment and increase employment in Scotland and includes senior representatives from key organisations in Scotland. The role and remit is attached.

Speaking at the meeting, co-chair Cllr Harry McGuigan, COSLA Spokesperson for Community Wellbeing said

"I am delighted that today the Secretary of State for Scotland, and the Cabinet Secretary for Finance have joined me in committing to pursue our common objectives in relation to employability and helping the people of Scotland. It is clear that in light of the economic difficulties we have and will continue to face, this will be a challenging task.

"Local support services, local procurement, local business support are all critical components of improving employment outcomes for people. Local authorities have put significant effort and resource into tackling unemployment to date and I am pleased to see the importance of that role recognised here today. 

SEF will give a renewed focus and priority to employability, challenging not only the three layers of government - to question and improve what we do and how we do it - but also all of the key partners who have a role in employability."

Finance Secretary John Swinney said:

"The Scottish Employability Forum brings together all interested parties to look at how we can better help people find work.

"There are already some excellent examples of employability schemes in Scotland and this Forum will build on these by developing a more coordinated approach to funding and by making sure that job seekers are being equipped with the skills that employers need.

"The skills and employment landscape in Scotland is complex, but with greater alignment, flexibility and efficiency we can deliver the services that will improve learning, skills and prospects for the people of Scotland."

Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore said:

"Unemployment in Scotland is a huge concern for families and individuals across our communities.

"There is significant knowledge and expertise across Scotland that can help tackle unemployment and it is vital we ensure this expertise is capitalised upon and all our employability programmes are mutually beneficial which will ultimately help unemployed Scots into work.  I am confident that the employability forum will provide the means for this to happen."

"The Scottish Employability Forum brings together all interested parties to look at how we can better help people find work.

To find out more about the SEF please  click here.