Date lodged: 7 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what international best practice in helping disabled people and people with health conditions into work it is examining in advance of assuming responsibility for employability support programmes.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 1 August 2016
A literature review conducted for the Scottish Government by the Learning and Work Institute in 2015 (http://www.employabilityinscotland.com/media/519601/scotlands_future_employment_services_-_literature_review_-_cesi_-_january_2016.pdf) points to the value of highly skilled advisers with small caseloads to successfully support those with disabilities into work. We are keen to understand more about this and in our transitional year, have asked providers to gather data on adviser caseloads.
In 2015, the Scottish Government carried out a consultation on future devolved employment support and in March 2016, we published our response to that consultation - A New Future for Employability Support in Scotland (http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/03/3009) which sets out our vision for future employability services in Scotland.