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Employability - No One Left Behind

6 March 2020 

Helping people into fair, sustainable jobs is central to delivering many of the ambitions in Scotland around inclusive growth, tackling child poverty and public health reform.

The intention to create an employability system that puts people at the centre is set out in the publications:

The principles which underpin the approach are: 

  • Dignity and respect, fairness and equality and continuous improvement
  • Provides flexible, and person-centred support
  • Is straightforward for people to navigate
  • Integrated and aligned with other services
  • Provides pathways into sustainable and fair work
  • Driven by evidence including data and experience of others
  • Support more people to move into the right job, at the right time.

The approach is not about designing new programmes, but instead, reforming the system to be more adaptable and responsive to meet the needs of people and to adapt more quickly to rapidly changing labour markets.

This includes working closely with partners in Local Government, the third and private sectors, Skills Development Scotland, Department for Work and Pensions and others to build on the strengths of existing national and local services, to better align funding and to improve the integration of employability services with other support to ensure that services are designed and delivered around the needs and aspirations of those using our services.

The partnership agreement for employability signed by Scottish Ministers and COSLA leaders in December 2018, signalled a commitment to a collaborative approach between the two levels of Government in Scotland. Regular updates on progress are available and can be found in the media section.

Delivering these ambitions will require collaborative leadership across all our partners and a culture change in how we design, deliver and fund services; and a collective commitment to joint working across all partners to plan and deliver services that are shaped by those that use them and the people that deliver them.

The Scottish and Local Government Employability Action Plan sets out the framework for how we will facilitate the changes with the right levels of national leadership and local action

On 22 April, the Minister of Business, Fair Work and Skills and COSLA Spokesperson on Community and Wellbeing, released a joint communication in direct response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The communication can be found in the related media section.

This page will be updated regularly.