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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17292: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 15 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of how the first round of funding from the Workplace Equality Fund has been distributed.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 22 June 2018

Nine projects will be funded through the first round of the Scottish Government’s £750,000 Workplace Equality Fund, which is being delivered by the Voluntary Action Fund. The Fund will seek to address long standing barriers in the labour market faced by women, older workers, ethnic minority and disabled people. Details of the projects are provided in the following table.

Name of Project


Aim of Project


Returners to Business Services Scotland Programme

Women Returners Ltd

Enable experienced professionals on an extended career break to get back into skilled employment at a professional level.


Age Inclusion Matrix


AGE Scotland

To work with four corporate partners, helping them become age-inclusive and bringing cultural change so staff can flourish at work regardless of age.


Flexible Working

Family Friendly Working Scotland

Working with four businesses; one large and three SMEs from the construction, STEM, finance and furnishing sectors to develop a more flexible, family friendly approach to working to address employment barriers, inequality and lack of progression in the workplace.


Equalities Toolkit


Fife Employment Access Trust


To work with two companies from the hospitality and construction sectors on improving mental health in the workplace.


Driving Diversity in Construction - Supporting Supply Chains to Embrace Diversity


Supporting the construction supply chain to recruit, train and employ more female, ethnic minorities and individuals with a disability in their workforce.


Development and Deployment of our Ageing Workforce


MacKenzie Construction Limited


Providing training and mentoring to address the challenges of an ageing workforce


Flexible Working



Bringing more women into the technology sector by eliminating current barriers to entry by implementing flexible working practices


Mental Health Equality in the Workplace


Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)

Piloting a project to trial new approaches and developing good practice on mental health equality in the workplace with five Scottish businesses.




Women’s Enterprise Scotland

Deliver a training programme in leadership and boardroom governance to women in the technology sector in Scotland.



The second round for applications will open on 2 July 2018