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2020 - 4th Annual Summit on Employability

The 4th Annual Summit on Employability was held on Wednesday 5th February 2020 at the South Hall, Edinburgh University. The theme for the day was 'The Collective approach to Fairness, Health and Wellbeing in Scotland's Employment Services.'

The summit was chaired by Professor Colin Lindsay, University of Strathclyde and was jointly hosted by the Scottish Government (SG), the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group (SLAED), and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).

Speakers were:
  • Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Buisiness, Fair Work and Skills
  • Councillor Kelly Parry, CoSLA Spokesperson for Community Wellbeing
  • Gavin Gray, Deputy Director for Employability, Scottish Government
  • Douglas White, Head of Advocacy, Carnegie Trust and Poverty and Inequality Commissioner
  • Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
  • Dr. Catriona Macaulay, Chief Design Officer, Scottish Government

In recognition of the first of its kind Partnership Working Agreement for Employability that was signed by Scottish Ministers and COSLA Leaders at the previous event; this joint summit reflects the ongoing mutual commitment to the National Performance Framework and ambitions of eradicating child poverty and sustaining strong national and local labour markets. 

The programme for the summit recognises the need for a truly collective and collaborative approach which puts the needs of people at the centre of our planning, development and delivery of employability services in Scotland. 

A copy of the speakers presentations can be found in the related media section of this page.