Help to get into work
15 June 2017
Fund to improve and align support services.
A new £2.5 million fund will improve the help delivered to
people looking to access employment and training.
The Employability Innovation and Integration Fund will look to
join up employment support with health and social care, justice and
housing services, making sure people receive the level of support
they need to find sustainable employment.
Bodies responsible for delivering community planning partnership
priorities which include health boards and local authorities, are
being invited to submit proposals for the Fund.
Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn said:
"Better integration and alignment of employability with other
services is a vital part of our ambition to tackle labour market
inequalities and help more people into work.
"This approach will improve the quality of service delivery,
achieve better and more sustainable positive outcomes, and
ultimately improve the well-being of individuals and
"This £2.5 million fund provides an opportunity to test new
approaches that will bring about real change to how local services
integrate effectively with employability and skills services."
Mr Hepburn announced details on a visit to the new Edinburgh
Wellbeing Works campus which is one of three to be rolled out by
the Shaw Trust under the devolved employment programme Work First
Austin Hardie, Executive of Operations and Enterprise from Shaw
"Shaw Trust is pleased to welcome the Minister to the Wellbeing
Works campus, and is delighted that he chose to make his
announcement from the campus. Wellbeing Works, hosted by Forth
Sector, forms part of our wider commitment to delivering Work First
Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Government, helping
disabled people secure meaningful long-term employment.
"The health and wellbeing services offered by the campus will
also be opened up to the wider community free of charge, so that
everyone in the local community has the opportunity to improve
on the Employability Innovation and Integration Fund.
Funding of £2.5 million has been allocated from the 2017/18 and
2018/19 budgets and will operate until 31 March 2019.
Source - The Scottish Government website