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Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE)

3 September 2019 

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Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) is the Scottish Government's initiative for responding to redundancy situations. It ensures that local public sector agencies respond to potential and proposed redundancies as quickly and effectively as possible.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) leads on the delivery of PACE on behalf of the Scottish Government in conjunction with other partner organisations such as the Department for Work and Pensions, local authorities, the STUC and Citizens Advice Scotland.

In addition, to the National PACE Team, there are 18 local PACE Teams across Scotland to ensure speedy and effective responses to redundancy situations.

PACE support is tailored to meet individual needs and local circumstances and may include: Jobcentre Plus services, one-to-one counselling, information packs, training, seminars on skills such as CV-writing and starting up a business, and access to IT facilities.

PACE offers free and impartial advice and is available to all individuals affected by redundancy, no matter the size of the business nor how many employees are involved. PACE also works with insolvency practitioners to provide support where a business has gone into administration or liquidation.

At a national level the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn MSP, chairs the Ministerial PACE Partnership which brings 22 organisations together with the Scottish Government to oversee a continuous improvement programme to enhance the operation of PACE.

Every two years, a PACE Conference brings together the various members of the national and local PACE Partnerships to share best practice and discuss how redundancy support can be further improved. The next Conference will take take place in spring 2020.

Call the national helpline on 0800 917 8000 or visit for advice on the full range of PACE services.