Date lodged: 14 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on plans to better integrate and align employability provision following the £1 million of funding announced in December 2016.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 15 June 2017
The devolution of certain employability powers provides the opportunity for better integration and alignment of employability services with other provision. We know that those furthest removed from the labour market face a range of barriers to accessing sustained employment and we want to see an approach that is much more person-centred.
Today I will launch the Employability Innovation and Integration Fund, supported by a £2.5 million funding package – an increase of £1.5 million from that I announced in December 2016. The Scottish Government is seeking proposals from partner bodies responsible for delivering community planning partnership priorities.
The Scottish Government is looking for organisations to deliver projects over a 12-18 month period. Our focus is on joining up employment and skills support with health and social care, justice and housing services. Our aim is to develop new, collaborative and innovative approaches which demonstrate how the integration and/or alignment of employability and skills training services with health and social care, justice and/or housing services would contribute to an area’s regeneration or development. We seek to do this in particular by delivering better employment outcomes for groups experiencing inequality in the labour market.
I am hopeful that we will see a range of proposals from across Scotland and intend to announce successful proposals later in the year.