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Integration and Alignment

Better integration and alignment of employability with other services is a vital part of our ambition to tackle labour market inequalities and help more people into work.

'Creating a Fairer Scotland: A New Future for Employability Support in Scotland' (March 2016) emphasises the need for partnership working across government and sectors to increase efficiency and effectiveness, including better alignment of skills and employability investment.  This is in line with the Scottish Government's response to the Christie Commission report on improving the coherence and integration of public services in Scotland.

Research conducted for the Scottish Employability Forum in 2014 by Cambridge Policy Consultants titled 'Review of the Allocation of Employability Resources in Scotland' highlighted the complex delivery landscape and  fragmented nature of support with a need for greater alignment of services. 

New devolved employment services have been designed to help tackle many of the labour market inequalities, but this is just one of a number of levers that could help create a fairer labour market.  It's important we look again at the wider employability system so that it more consistently tackles the challenges people face, and does so in a way that is easier for people to navigate and which  joins up other services more effectively.

With the support of a number of key stakeholders, the Scottish Government has been developing an integration and alignment agenda alongside work on delivering devolved services which includes, amongst other strands, the development of an Integration and Alignment Action Plan which includes a specific action to deliver an Employability Innovation and Integration Fund.

Minister announces successful projects to the Employability Innovation and Integration Fund

On 15th June, the Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie Hepburn MSP, launched the Employability Innovation and Integration Fund. The Fund invited proposals from bodies responsible for delivering community planning partnership priorities to develop and test collaborative innovative approaches that demonstrate how the integration and/or alignment of employability and skills training services with health and social care, justice and/or housing services would contribute to an area's regeneration or development and help more people into work.  A copy of the press release can be found here.

On Monday 28th, the Minister announced that 13 projects will receive funding well at the assessment stage.  The projects represent a mixture across the areas of health and social care, justice and housing and will operate across 15 local authority areas.  A copy of the press release can be found here.

A summary of the projects is provided below:-  

List of Successful Projects for the Employability Innovation and Integration Fund 2017/18 - 2018/19

Project Name Project Location Lead Partner Short Summary of Project
Work Read Plus

Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire,West Dunbartonshire, and Inverclyde

West College Scotland  A package of employment support to adults with mild to moderate learning differences autistic spectrum disorder, and mental health problems.  The approach differs from other models of employment support in supporting longer term sustainable employment through equipping people with work based qualifications.
EmployabiliTAY Dundee, Perth and Kinross, and Angus  Dundee City Council  Regional employability approach to integrate public services with employability and skills with a focus on housing, healthy living, and community justice and embed within employability support in three local authorities.  
Delivering Differently - For Mental Health and Employment  Fife Fife Council Approach called 'Delivering Differently - For Mental Health and Employment' will focus on increasing employment outcomes for people experiencing mental health issues through employing a strategic co-ordinator to work with stakeholders to change how employability and mental health services are aligned in Fife.
Joined Up For Jobs Integration Project  City of Edinburgh  Capital City Partnership 

Integrate the work of health and social care, housing and criminal justice by having a one year localities integration team to co-ordinate all activity working with a social care team, targeting social housing residents to engage with employability services, and implementing framework around Community in Motion pilot which aims to address the problems of low persistent re-offending.

Community Justice Employability Partnership  Stirling Stirling Council Join up public and third sector services including Criminal Justice Social Work, Stirling Community Enterprise, Addiction Support and Counselling Forth Valley and NHS Keep Well to improve employment outcomes of those who are in the criminal justice system of those identified as being at risk of offending.
Family Health Improvement and Employability Support Project  Bridgeton area of Glasgow Clyde Gateway URC Health improvement and employability project that links the needs of parents and caregivers attending Bridgeton Family Learning Centre to skills development and employment opportunities whilst accessing health and wellbeing, volunteering, and financial inclusion services.  
Access to Opportunities  North Lanarkshire North Lanarkshire Council Join up services for homeless residents who have recognised health, social care and housing support needs (with a particular focus on young care leavers and vulnerable adults of all ages) and align these with a range of employability services and programmes that operate in the North Lanarkshire area.
Just Learning - Skills for Employment  Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire Council

Integrate key provision to improve skills and employment opportunities of those with historic or current criminal convictions (with a focus on women who have experienced significant trauma and those who have committed high risk violent/and or sexual offences) including people subject to diversionary initiatives, serving short sentences, community payback orders or licence.

Inverclyde Resilience Project Inverclyde Inverclyde Council  A collaborative public and private sector approach to provide supported employment for vulnerable people including those experiencing the criminal justice system whose additional barriers may include addictions and/or homelessness.
Tackling Inequalities and Improving Outcomes Project Falkirk Falkirk Council Build on a model of practice currently available for female clients in Falkirk and extend it to men to improve the health and well-being of people in the criminal justice system by identifying and addressing health related issues and creating supported pathways to employment.
Structured Deferred Sentence Project South Lanarkshire

South Lanarkshire Council 

Pilot a model of Structured Deferred Sentence model for young people aged between 16-21 involved in offending behaviour that will include employability elements to secure sustainable positive outcomes.
Employment Academy for Supported Training (EAST) North Lanarkshire North Lanarkshire Council  Pilot an Employment Academy for Supported Training Programme for people who have a learning disability and a criminal conviction.
Health 4 Work North Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership

A proposal to provide medically trained staff to support people with mental health issues, people who are known to criminal justice, and people who have substance misuse issues to start new or return to employment.