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