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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21670: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 13 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how Social Security Scotland plans to create the "genuine, new career opportunities" referred to in its interim corporate plan.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 8 March 2019

The Agency is committed to investing in the development of its staff and part of that is developing interesting and attractive jobs which can provide longer term development opportunities for those interested in building a career in public service.

By 18 th March 2019 will have employed 153 new Client Advisors across a number of grades. These new jobs were advertised internally to existing Civil Servants but also externally to the general public and cumulatively received over 1,100 applications.

In addition 100 jobs in Local Delivery are being advertised in the spring across Scotland. To deliver a national service, jobs will be located in places that are traditionally considered difficult to reach areas of the county. This will create career opportunities for individuals who aren’t able to access civil service jobs based in the central belt.

The Agency already has a small number of Placement and Internship programmes in place and Modern Apprentices, including direct school leavers.

Moving forward, the Agency will be developing partnerships with Further Education establishments in Dundee and Glasgow and across the rest of Scotland to develop professional qualifications, talent development programmes and other development options to ensure equality of access to development for all team members.