Current Policy Developments
9 September 2019
Below are our current policy
No One Left
In March 2018, the Minister for
Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn, launched
No One Left Behind: Next Steps for
Employability Support in Scotland, the Scottish
Government's plan to deliver more effective and joined-up
employability support across Scotland and improve employment
outcomes for people.
'The No-One Left Behind
Employability Funding Stream' helps people of all ages to gain
skills and confidence. It is there to help people prepare for
employment, training, education and/or volunteering.
Gender Pay Gap
A fairer Scotland for women: gender
pay gap action plan: Addressing the gender pay gap is a
key element of delivering inclusive economic growth and in helping
to tackle child poverty.
One of the biggest and most
persistent labour market inequalities we face relates to women.
Women consistently experience a range of damaging labour market
disadvantages. The main indicator for this is the overall gender
pay gap which currently sits at 15 per cent.
While most countries have a
gender pay gap, the Scottish Government is determined to move
beyond narrow and outmoded thinking about the inevitability of the
situation and to close Scotland's pay gap. This action plan is part
of a range of labour market action plans designed to lay out
meaningful steps to address inequality in the labour
The Scottish Government is
focused on creating a more successful Scotland, with opportunities
for all to flourish via sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
Ensuring that the rights of disabled people are respected and
maintained is central to inclusive growth.
A Fairer Scotland for Disabled
People: Employment Action Plan was published by the
Scottish Government on December 2018. It outlines the actions
Scottish Government will take to meet its ambitions to at least
halve the disability employment gap in Scotland.
Parental Employability Support Fund
Every Child, Every Chance"
is the first Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan due under the
Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 and is backed by a range of
investments including the £50m Tackling Child Poverty Fund.
Scottish Government will be investing £12 million of the Tacking
Child Poverty Fund to the Parental Employability Fund.
The investment will offer help
for parents through an employability key worker approach in two
Person-centred help to address parents barriers to work, which
might include health support, money advice or motivational
Help meeting the increasing challenge of in-work poverty, targeting
in-work support to help parents already in jobs to remain in the
workplace and gain progression through a rewarding
This support compliments Fair
Start Scotland and the aim is that the range of support available
helps parents to achieve household incomes in excess of current
poverty thresholds for each specific family type.
Fair Start Scotland
In April 2018, the Scottish
Government launched the first ever fully devolved Employment
support service - Fair Start Scotland (FSS). Fair Start Scotland
aims to support people to achieve their full potential and deliver
Scottish Government priorities on sustainable economic growth, fair
work and social justice.
Fair Start Scotland delivers a
person centred service and particularly aims to support those who
are long term unemployed (reaching 2 years on Job Seekers
Allowance/ Universal Credit equivalent). Through FSS the Scottish
Government requires our suppliers to promote equality of
opportunity in service delivery.
You can find out more of the
service provider who is responsible for delivering Fair Start
Scotland in your area by visiting www.mygov.scot/fairstart.
Developing the Young Workforce
Developing the Young
Workforce - Scotland's Youth Employment Strategy sets out how
the Scottish Government will implement the recommendations from the
Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce.
An explicit commitment to an
offer of a place in learning or training to every 16-19 year old
who is not currently in employment, education or training.
This commitment now sits within the No One Left Behind
Employability Funding Stream delivered by Local