Date lodged: 19 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how many staff are permanently employed in (a) national and (b) local PACE teams.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 3 October 2016
Skills Development Scotland delivers PACE on behalf of the Scottish Government in conjunction with other key partners including the Department for Work and Pensions. In addition to the National PACE Team, there are 18 local PACE teams across Scotland to ensure speedy and effective responses to redundancy situations. Other agencies also involved in PACE include HM Revenue and Customs, local authorities' employability departments, the STUC and its affiliated Trade Unions, Citizens Advice Bureaux, local training providers, colleges and universities.
Skills Development Scotland’s National PACE Team comprises two full time employees and three employees who work on PACE as part of their main job role. In the Aberdeen area, a full time Employer Support Manager (PACE), a full time Careers Adviser and a Modern Apprentice (Business and Administration framework) have recently been appointed to work solely on PACE due to the high demand for support in the North East.
Given that PACE is a framework which brings together various organisations to provide a co-ordinated approach to delivery of support for those facing redundancy, it is not possible to quantify a specific number of staff who are permanently employed in PACE activity.