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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02964: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 20 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what employability support will be available from April 2017 for people not eligible for the (a) Work First Scotland and (b) Work Able Scotland programme.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 28 September 2016

There will continue to be a range of employability support in Scotland in 2017-18 for those who are not eligible for Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland. This includes Scottish Government funded provision, such as the Employability Fund. Our national skills agency, Skills Development Scotland also provides a range of support and training to help people to gain the skills they need to find work, and to stay in work.

The Scottish Government works in partnership with wide range of Third Sector Organisations and each of Scotland’s Local Authorities to offer a range of local employability services. More detail is at http://www.employabilityinscotland.com/. With the functions of JobCentre Plus remaining reserved, the UK Government continues to have a primary responsibility for supporting those who are unemployed and in receipt of working age benefits back to work.