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Scottish Employability Forum

Overview

The first meeting of the reconstituted Scottish Employability Forum (SEF) took place on 31st January 2013.

The aim of the new SEF is to provide a single Forum where all parts of Government can come together, with key stakeholders and delivery bodies, in order to address unemployment within the context of economic recovery. The newly constituted SEF will be jointly chaired by Scottish, UK and local Government.  A list of the forum membership can be found here

This commitment was articulated in the refreshed employability framework for Scotland, ' Working for Growth', which was launched on 20th September 2012. Among the range of proposed actions was a commitment to build upon the already strong partnership that exists between DWP, the Scottish Government and our 32 local employability partnerships.

The remit of the SEF was agreed at the first meeting. It is the ambition of SEF members, that we will collectively be able to ensure a partnership approach which reflects our joint responsibility and commitment for improving employability outcomes for the people of Scotland.

From 7 October 2013 the Right Hon Alistair Carmichael, MP replaced Michael Moore, MP as Secretary of State for Scotland and, as such, joint chair of the Scottish Employability Forum.

On Thursday 6th March 2014 the Secretary of State for Scotland, The Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael, MP, hosted the third meeting of the Scottish Employability Forum (SEF) at the Scotland Office.

Meeting Papers

Papers from 26 February 2015 Meeting

Papers from 6 March 2014 Meeting

Papers from 5 September 2013 Meeting

Papers from 31 January 2013 Meeting

SEF Action Plan

At the meeting on 31st Janauary 2013, SEF members tasked the National Delivery Group (NDG) to develop a paper outlining an evidence based assessment of the most pressing employability priorities and asked that the NDG submit recommendations for key areas of action for SEF.

Members agreed that the paper should suggest areas for improvement and how success could be judged, with a view to achieving a shared corporate view on these issues. It was also agreed that this, once signed off, this would provide a work-plan for the Forum over the coming year.

Following discussion, NDG partners identified four broad areas where they feel further action is required to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of employability delivery across Scotland.

In May 2013 the joint Chairs of SEF accepted these recommendations and are now consulting with SEF members to determine priorities within these workstreams and how best to progress the joint objectives.

SEF News

  • The Secretary of State for Scotland, The Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael, MP, today hosted the third meeting of the Scottish Employability Forum (SEF) at the Scotland Office (March 2014) : This meeting marks over one year since the reconstituted forum was established.
  • Moore: expertise and collaboration critical to help tackle unemployment in Scotland (February 2013): Capitalising on the knowledge and expertise of Scotland's two 2 government's, local authorities and wider society possess will significantly aid efforts to tackle unemployment in Scotland, the Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore said ahead of the Scottish Employability Forum.
  • Tripartite approach to employability (January 2013): The Scottish Employability Forum met for the first time today, jointly chaired by the Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore, The Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth John Swinney, and The COSLA Spokesperson for Community Wellbeing Cllr Harry McGuigan. The Forum has been brought together to lead efforts to reduce unemployment and increase employment in Scotland and includes senior representatives from key organisations in Scotland.
  • Scottish Employability Forum (January 2013): We are delighted to announce that the first meeting of the reconstituted Scottish Employability Forum (SEF) will take place on 31st January 2013. The intended aim of the new SEF is to provide a single Forum where all parts of Government can come together, with key stakeholders and delivery bodies, in order to address unemployment within the context of economic recovery. The newly constituted SEF will be jointly chaired by Scottish, UK and local Government.