The Scottish Government has published a plan – ‘No One Left Behind – Next steps for the Integration and Alignment of Employability Support in Scotland‘ – which sets out the next steps it will take to deliver more effective and joined-up employability support across Scotland.
The document can be downloaded via the link below.
It starts a wider discussion with partners on how it continues to build a more straightforward and person-centered system of support. The Plan contains a series of actions that have been specifically designed to integrate employability support with health, justice, and housing services as those groups face the most severe labour market inequalities.
Actions include the pilot of a Single Health and Work Gateway in Fife and Dundee from Summer 2018 until 2020 to drive forward improvements in the way it delivers early support to people in Scotland who have health conditions or disabilities, to help them sustain or return quickly to work.
The Plan has been developed collaboratively across the Scottish Government and with key partners including the Scottish Local Economic Development Group, Skills Development Scotland, NHS Scotland, and the Scottish Prison Service. It will act as a catalyst for future work and we will build on it in future years.
Jamie Hepburn MSP has written to the STF Chief Executive to invite the federation to contribute to the debate and members will be kept informed with developments.