Angus Employability Partnership: Paving the way for new opportunity
31 July 2013
Supported by the Scottish Government Employability Team the
Angus Employability Partnership (AEP) has developed a range of
supports for local employers. In providing this support it allows
local businesses to create opportunity, expand and trade locally,
nationally and internationally.
Launched in 2010 the AEP have always had a remit to support
local employers. Initial support included an Employer pack
which included a one stop shop of information on developing
employee's, supporting employees and funding initiatives
In response to employer requests, a number of events have been
held since the development of the employer pack. These range from
sector specific initiatives, HMRC support and more recently welfare
reforms and Universal Credit.
Co-locating for Cooperation
More recently the Employer Engagement Sub Group secured
funding through Scottish Government to undertake a
feasibility study for co-locating services in Angus,
in order to support employers, customers and practitioners.
The report conducted by MCM Associates outlines the need for a
coordinated approach to employability in the area and sets out some
recommndations on how this could be achieved.
From the findings it was evident that good progress has been made
within Angus to develop a co-ordinated approach to the delivery of
employability services. Angus Employability Partnership is
well established and draws together a range of stakeholders and key
providers that are committed towards the development of a
co-ordinated approach. Co-location is the next step in having a
fully integrated approach to employability provision in Angus.
Key learning points from this piece of work included:
- While a co-located service would greatly improve access to
services the partnership felt that firstly improving communication
and perhaps having pooled funding would be essential.
- Employers were unlikely to visit a premise and more outreach
work would greatly benefit customers in the amount of opportunities
available. This has been seen in the implementation of the new
Youth Employment Scotland incentive.
- A lead body is still essential in creating a co-located service
so a lot of discussion around roles and responsibilities is
Working with the Welfare Reforms
Universal Credit is a new single payment for people who
are looking for work or on a low income. Universal Credit aims
to help claimants and their families to become more
independent and to simplify the benefits system by bringing
together a range of working-age benefits into a single streamlined
payment. This reform will mean a lot of changes for employers
therefore through the Scottish Governmnet funding support was
put in place to provide information and support to employers on how
to manage these changes.
A lot of initial survey work was done in partnership with the
Federation of Small Businesses to assess key areas of need.
Employers advised they required support on the HMRC Real time
information, what to expect from welfare reforms, funding
available to support them and how to employ people in this economic
To meet this need, an event was held on 27th February
2013, which over 40 employers attended. The
programme included presentations on the Employability
Partnership, Welfare Reforms and Angus, Universal Credit for
Employers Made Easy, HMRC - Changes and updates, and the Cross
Cutting impacts of Welfare Reforms. The event then allowed for a
number of questions. The feedback recorded from this event was very
positive and showed that AEP were on the right lines with the
support being provided.
Significant work is now ongoing in Angus to continue to
support employers through the Welfare Reforms and the
implementation of HMRC's Real Time information.
The Employer Engagement sub group have a new
action plan to cover the 2013/14 period which will ensure
that employers are given a range of support in terms of employment,
funding, legislation and upcoming key events such as Commonwealth
2014, Ryder Cup and V&A coming to Dundee.
For further information please contact Shelley Hague,
Strategy Officer, Angus Council.