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Employability Resource Hub – COVID-19

We would like to thank all of our employability partners for the support they are providing to individuals and organisations during this difficult period and as we face an unprecedented and fast moving challenge brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The UK and Scottish Governments have already announced a range of measures to minimise the impact on the economy and labour market. We want to reassure those involved in delivering employability programmes and services that the Scottish Government and its partners are working together to identify how we best respond to the specific challenges facing the employability landscape across the public, third and private sectors.  

We are committed to protecting provision and continuity of support for those individuals who use employability services across the country during this challenging period, especially when the economy begins to recover from this crisis.

Over the coming days, weeks and months, we will update this section of the website providing information on the help and support that is available to the employability sector.    

Employability Response to COVID-19

• The Scottish Government will utilise the full powers available to it to minimise the negative impact of the pandemic on our economy.  We will work tirelessly to ensure organisations receive as much support as possible.  We have strengthened our assistance for businesses and third sector organisations, and continue to remain alert to inequalities in the labour market. 

• We are bringing together key employability partners from the Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, Department for Work and Pensions, Local Government and the Third Sector to form the No One Left Behind - COVID-19 Response - Operational Group.  The group will work collaboratively to develop a shared understanding of the impact of the emerging health crisis on the Scottish labour market and employability system at an individual, employer and sectoral level.  

• The group will come together for the first time during week commencing 30 March 2020 with a focus on examining existing funded programmes, considering how we can flex these to provide people and organisations with the support they need in the short and medium term.  We will share further details of the group and its work on this website.

European Social Fund (ESF) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) during COVID-19 - Q&A 

The Scottish Government European Structural Funds and State Aid Division at Scottish Government (Scotland's Managing Authority of the ESF and ERDF programmes have developed a Q&A document to address some of the queries received from Lead Partners, delivery bodies and representative organisations to provide clarity and reassurance during these difficult and challenging circumstances relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been circulated to Lead Partners on 27 March 2020 and will be updated regularly as the situation evolves.

A copy of this is available in the related media section - latest update: 30/03/20


The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) have produced a 'Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub' with official information for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations. You can access the hub here:  

ERSA (Employment Related Services Association) have developed a COVID-19 Employability Resource Hub with lots of information available for the employability sector - you can access this at:  

Improvement Service - Looking after your Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Improvement Service have produced a document with reliable sources of information on looking after your mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Support for the Third Sector during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) is a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. The fund will support organisations that already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The primary intention of the fund is to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period.

Applications for the Third The Sector Resilience Fund opened on Wednesday 25th March.  Further information and details on how to apply can be found at: 

Advice for businesses in Scotland

Information and details on grants and other support available to businesses can be found at 

Useful Links for Supporting Individuals 


Citizens Advice Scotland - Information on benefits available during COVID-19

Citizens Advice Scotland has published information on benefits available for individuals during COVID-19. You can find this information on their website at: Citizens Advice Scotland