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Skills Development Scotland - Enhanced Career and Employment Support

People whose work or learning has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can access support through enhanced career and employment services.

National skills agency Skills Development Scotland, working in partnership with local authorities have developed services for individuals in a range of circumstances, including furloughed workers and those looking for employment.

You can find further information on the support available at the My World of Work website or by calling 0800 917 8000 (Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm).

SCVO

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: https://scvo.org/support/coronavirus  

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: https://ersa.org.uk/coronavirus_resources  

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.

Disability Confident Webinars

A number of Disability Confident Leaders are working together and have set up free national webinars to enable people to keep closely connected to the widest Disability Confident employer community, so that during and after the Covid-19 pandemic, disabled people are recruited and retained in work and not left behind.

You can find details of the webinars in the related media section.

Skills Development Scotland - Communications Toolkit for partners

Skills Development Scotland have produced a communications toolkit, which can be used by their partners across their own digital channels, to support the promotion of Skills Development Scotland enhanced employability and career services. This toolkit can be found in the related media section.

Support

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: https://scvo.org/support/coronavirus/funding/for-organisations/third-sector-resilience-fund/

Testing of key workers - Guidance

Following the UK Government's announcement to expand its testing capacity to include the testing of key workers, demand across England has been significant.  This has resulted in the website being closed from time to time to help manage the demand.  

The Scottish Government published guidance on Saturday 25 April regarding the expanded testing programme in Scotland and for testing of key workers - links to this guidance are below:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-access-to-testing/

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-key-workers-in-Scotland/

Money Advice Scotland

Money Advice Scotland has information on their website offering advice to people with debt and money worries during the corona virus (COVID-19)  

You can access the page at: Money Advice Scotland - coronavirus - dealing with debt and money worries

Advice for businesses in Scotland

Information and details on grants and other support available to businesses can be found at https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice 

Scottish Crown Estate revenue available for COVID-19 pressures

Coastal businesses and third sector organisations affected by COVID-19 can now benefit from a £7.2 million Scottish Crown Estate fund which is devolved to councils.

Further information can be found at: Scottish Crown Estate revenue  

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Webinars

HMRC is delivering a programme of webinars on the measures to support employers, people and self-employed individuals through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. Further information can be found at: Help and Support for Business  

European Funding (ESF and ERDF) during Covid-19 Q&A

The Scottish Government European Structural Funds and State Aid Division, (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 Q&A was circulated to Lead Partners on 27 March 2020 and will be updated regularly on the Scottish Government website as the situation evolves - you can access the Q&A document at: European Structural & Investment Funds - Q&A for Lead Partners

Department for Work Pensions (DWP) - Support for jobseekers and employers

DWP have developed online search and advice tools for both jobseekers and employers, along with a stakeholders pack which includes a variety of messages and images that can be used to promote the Jobhelp website across a variety of social media.

Links to the sites and stakeholders pack can be found below:

Site for Jobseekers: https://jobhelp.dwp.gov.uk/

Site for employers: https://employerhelp.dwp.gov.uk

Stakeholder pack: https://jobhelp.dwp.gov.uk/stakeholder-toolkit/

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 

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Scotland - COVID-19 update for key partners  

DWP Scotland have provided an update to key partners regarding the measures and changes DWP has put in place to support their customers and partners in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus).  A copy of this update can be found in the related media section.