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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.

Devolution 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 may face.

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.

Keep up to date with our progress by following @EmployinScot on Twitter, and get involved in the discussion using #employinscot

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 and potential.