Scotland's Devolved Employment Services
In Scotland, a range of employability programmes and initiatives
help tackle unemployment and support people into work. The Scottish
Government, its agencies and a range of private, third and public
sector partners help people find work, develop skills to prepare
them for work and match the skills needs of Scotland's employers to
those of Scotland's workforce.
Both national and local employability programmes provide a range
of focused support, mentoring and vocational training.
Apprenticeships across a range of sectors equip people with the
skills they need for their job and to help progress in work.
Scotland's schools, colleges and universities provide a wide range
of quality education, training and skills opportunities. These
approaches are all aimed at equipping Scotland's people with the
skills they need for their world of work and producing the skills
employers need to compete successfully and grow their business.
of Employability Services
We are working to develop our own Scottish
services to replace the UK Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
Work Programme and Work Choice. This is our opportunity to
develop a Scottish Approach to helping unemployed Scots find
sustainable and fair jobs, regardless of the specific barriers they
Scottish Ministers will replace Work Choice with a new contract
with existing providers, for one year to provide ongoing support to
disabled unemployed Scotland. At the same time, Skills Development
Scotland (SDS) will use the mechanisms currently in place through
the Employability Fund to deliver a new devolved service for
clients with a health condition and at risk of long term
unemployment who want to enter work.
Both measures will operate on a one year basis until March 31,
2018 in advance of a Scottish Government-led procurement for a new
employability programme to help unemployed Scots find - and stay in
- work, based on the principles of fairness and respect.
See this news release for more information.
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We know that building a more competitive economy and a fairer
society go hand in hand. Employability services can make a
significant contribution to this agenda so it is right that we now
take a fresh look at employment services in Scotland. This is our
chance to put the support in place for people the length and
breadth of Scotland to help people make the most of their skills