Contracts for Employability Fund places in 2016/2017 are expected to be issued to training providers next week.
Notification will be via email. The paperwork for confirming acceptance of contracts has been revised. Accordingly, providers are asked to read the return instructions carefully, to avoid delays.
Due to strict rules surrounding the contracting process, SDS has not been able to provide any details on how the reductions will be implemented across the provider network.
STF is aware that the reductions will have a significant impact on many members. An action plan is being developed to identify ways in which members can be helped.
In addition, STF will be lobbying Scottish Government to seek a reversal of these reductions. As a first step in this process, a member survey will be undertaken once contracts have been issued, to seek headline information on the impact of the cuts for individual organisations.
The Scottish Government has announced a significant cut in the number of places available on the Employability Fund for 2016/2017.
11,650 training places will be available – 2,650 of which will be ring-fenced for colleges. This represents a 32% reduction in places, compared with 2015/2016.
An emergency meeting for STF members – to discuss the implications of the reduction in Employability Fund places in 2016/2017 – was held in Glasgow on Friday 19 February 2016.
The Chief Executive and two Directors met with Scottish Government officials on 22 February to discuss the reductions – including points raised at the emergency meeting.
A note of both meetings is available in the members section on the Employability Forum page. Alternatively, members can request a copy from
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