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South Lanarkshire

Partnership Info

Area Overview

  • Population: (c) 318,200
  • Location: Central belt of Scotland. Covers the upper reaches of the River Clyde, extending into the southern uplands.
  • Size: 1,772 square kilometre, the eleventh largest council area in Scotland

Key Contacts

Local Employability Websites

Community Planning Partnership Aims and Structures
For more information about Community Planning and the Single Outcome Agreement please visit the South Lanarkshire Community Planning website

Management Information System
Employability Programmes are monitored across a range of key performance indicators that reflect strategic priorities and best value considerations. The Council have in place robust systems to ensure effective reporting and tracking. Examples include:

  • Routes To Inclusion Team reporting to track participant numbers and  progression through the employability skills pipeline;
  • Youth employment Action Plan (YEAP) provides high level information on provision available for 16-29 year olds in South Lanarkshire and agencies undertaking delivery. 
  • Tackling Poverty Programme monitoring which focuses on the positive impact of our employability activity for those living in areas of high deprivation and other key client groups e.g. homeless people.  

Key Documents 

Employability Strategies / Action Plans / Business Plans
South Lanarkshire Works 4U establishes a focal point for taking forward the employability pipeline.  It re-enforces the shared expectation across all local delivery partners and funders that we are working together to deliver seamless employability services for all local people. Through effective branding delivery partners gain a strategic sense of where their interventions add value to the participant journey and a clear direction of travel on new service development. This reduces the potential for duplication of effort and helps target services to point of need.   

For more details on SLW4U services please see South Lanarkshire Council's website.

South Lanarkshire Youth Employment Activity Plan (January 2019)

Poverty Strategies / Action Plans / Improvement Plans
The current Single Outcome Agreement for South Lanarkshire is supplemented by 7 Partnership Improvement Plans (PIPs) of which 4 are of particular relevance to the Tackling Poverty agenda.

Related strategies / frameworks

  • South Lanarkshire has been a pathway area for Getting It Right For Every Child and has developed a GRIFEC tool for practitioners and managers involved in childrens' services. By applying the procedures and services developed, outcomes for vulnerable children/those in or at risk of poverty will be improved.
  • Effective community engagement is at the heart of the tackling poverty work in South Lanarkshire.  A new framework booklet has recently been developed to guide and support partners.  Link to follow
  • Tackling Child Poverty In South Lanarkshire is a key priority and good work to improve the life choices and chances of children can be evidenced in South Lanarkshire within the public and voluntary sectors.


NOMIS Local Authority Labour Market Profiles
The South Lanarkshire Labour Market Profile profile brings together data from several sources, and includes information on employment/ unemployment,  economic inactivity,  employment by occupation, qualifications, earnings by residence, out-of-work benefits and jobs (total jobs/ employee jobs). 

Skills Development Scotland 
Skills Development Scotland have prepared local labour market information and intelligence for each of the unitary authorities in Scotland that includes:

Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics (SNS)
South Lanarkshire SNS Standard Area Profile covers a range of small area statistics including information on health, education, poverty, unemployment, housing, population, crime and social / community issues at the data zone level and above.

Community Health Partnership Profile

Assurance and improvements plans 2012-15
Assurance and Improvement Plans set out an assessment of performance risks for each council in Scotland.  AIPs are valuable at highlighting themes about which councils should be working to provide themselves - as well as their LAN - with assurance that risks to performance are being managed effectively. Follow the link to view the South Lanarkshire Council's Assurance and Improvement Plan.

Case Studies

Here you can read case studies giving details of different programmes and success stories in the area:


Further Information

Here you can find documents and news stories about initiatives that have taken place in the local area.



  • Equally Well Booklet - Equally Well is the Scottish Government policy focusing specifically on reducing health inequalitites.  Lanarkshire was one of eight local test sites
  • Lanarkshire Equally Well - Evaluation Report - The Test Site in Lanarkshire was focussed on raising employability potential as a vehicle to alleviate poverty and improve health.
  • SLW4U Free Phone Service - To make it easier for local residents looking for work and for local businesses to get involved in SLW4U activity , a freephone number has been created on 0800 731 0444. Call handlers from our local employability hub, Routes to Work South (RTWS) act as a central referral point into a range of services delivered by the SLW4U partner network.
  • Skills Development Scotland (SDS) helps people of all ages build, plan and develop

Local Services

Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire (Vaslan)
Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire is the third sector interface organisation for South Lanarkshire. Its mission is "to shape strengthen and serve a strong, vibrant, empowered and inclusive volunteering and voluntary sector in South Lanarkshire".

Vaslan provide a variety of services for members including:

  • Start up support and information for groups (i.e. constitutions; bank account advice and help sorting out your book-keeping if you are new to this);
  • Capacity building (including health checks on your organisation; governance support etc);
  • Funding and Social Enterprise advice;
  • Weekly E-newsletter, packed full of information on funding, events, volunteering opportunities and information.

VASLAN is a key strategic member on our employability partnership and an integral part of the local employability skills pipeline. For further information on Vaslan services, please contact 01698 300390 or visit:

South Lanarkshire Rural Partnership- LEADER.
Much of South Lanarkshire is rural in character and support is available through the LEADER Programme to assist rural communities improve the quality of life and economic prosperity in their local area. LEADER is a European Community Initiative and has a grassroots approach, encouraging and supporting projects for local rural development. It is very much community-led and builds on local needs and strengths. It is also one of the main delivery strands of the Scottish Rural Development Programme.

For further information call 01555 665064 or e-mail

Schools Provision - What's with Work? Vocational Development Programme
What's with Work is a joint initiative between local Colleges and South Lanarkshire Council. Students attend College within normal school hours to gain vocational qualifications over a two-year period in their third and fourth years at school. Pupils will not attend during in-service days, S4 prelims, exams or bank holidays or summer holidays.  The main purpose is to equip pupils with transferable and real work skills which will be of considerable benefit to them, should they decide to pursue their option as a career.

The qualifications enhance and complement the Standard Grades pupils are taking in S3/4.

For more information, please see the South Lanarkshire College website





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