Third Sector Employability Forum (TSEF) and TSEF Executive Group
Third Sector Employability Forum (TSEF) has been established as
a platform to provide an effective voice reflecting the diversity
of third sector organisations operating in the field of
employability services. We aim to facilitate a means of
communicating these views to both central and local government, in
order to influence public services, how they are funded and how
they are commissioned.
We support a partnership approach in the design, delivery,
implementation, and improvement of employability services for the
benefit of the people who need them.
This Forum harnesses the combined strengths of the third sector,
nationally and locally, in order to help deliver a strong, vibrant
and successful employability system. Our starting point is that the
needs and aspirations of those seeking employment are paramount.
Services need to be designed in ways that are accessible to those
seeking work, provide the skills and support they need, and help
them to gain, or progress into jobs which will lift them out of
poverty. In a post COVID economy, effective support and provision,
particularly for those furthest from labour market, is never more
needed. We work closely with Scottish Government and represent the
third sector on workstreams developing new policy areas, such as No
One Left Behind and the Young Person's Guarantee.
We are a diverse and complex group of people, representing
charities, Third Sector Interfaces, social enterprises, not for
profit training providers and employers, and are well placed to
connect employability services into other relevant policy areas
such as health, housing and community justice.
TSEF is the place where the Scottish Government can go to hear
the views of the third sector on employability policy and practice,
and to collaborate on areas such as commissioning of services,
partnership working, user voice, service design, equalities,
supporting those who need it most and sharing best practice.
We have a free online community of interest where you can ask,
answer, inform, share, discuss and celebrate all matters
employability. If you work for a third sector organisation
interested in employability in Scotland, and wish to join, please
TSEF is supported by an Executive Group of volunteers selected
to represent the diversity of voices on the Forum. The Executive
Group meets at least 12 times a year to help drive forward issues
raised via the Forum, coordinate representation at a national level
and support a relevant programme of events and consultations.
Minutes from meetings will be shared on the Forum's platform.
Comments and suggestions are welcomed by the Executive Group and
you can contact members directly. Their details are provided
Grant Alexander, Link Group (Chair)
Pegs Bailey, Fife Voluntary Action
Jayne Chappell, SENScot
Blyth Deans, The Lennox Partnership
Lorna Forrest, SCVO
Louise Goodlad, Princes Trust Scotland
John Hinton, Move On
Tommy McDade, Barnardo's
Leona McDermid, Aberdeen Foyer
Ged McEneany, Apex Scotland
Ashley Ryan, ENABLE
Dougie Stevenson, Street League
Robin Turner, Routes To Work
The Group is also supported by Hazel Benza, Third Sector
secondee to The Scottish Government.
TSEF Membership Biographies