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Scottish Employability Forum - Update - March 2014

10 March 2014 

On Thursday 6th March the Secretary of State for Scotland, The Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael, MP, hosted the third meeting of the Scottish Employability Forum (SEF) at the Scotland Office.

This meeting marked over one year since the reconstituted forum was established. The SEF continues its work to address unemployment in the context of economic recovery drawing together all parts of Government as well as key stakeholders and delivery bodies. Its four work strands are:

  • A review of allocation of resources
  • Measuring performance
  • Better linking of economic development and employability
  • The impact of welfare reform on employment and employability services

At the meeting members heard from Andy Hirst, Managing Director, Cambridge Policy Consultants(CPC). CPC has been  commissioned to carry out research into the allocation of resources across priority groups and review existing performance measures. Although the report is still at a very early stage, and analysis remains a work in progress, Andy shared some of the emerging findings, including expenditure on employability activity in Scotland. It is anticipated that CPC will conclude the research in summer 2014 and it will be very helpful to inform the future delivery of SEF's priorities.

Members also heard from Elma Murray, SOLACE who gave a very interesting presentation on what is currently being done by Community Planning Partnerships and local authorities to better join up economic development and employability.

Further information about SEF, including meeting papers are available at: The next meeting of the Scottish Employability Forum will take place in autumn 2014.

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