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Creating a Fairer Scotland: Employability Support: A Discussion Paper

Creating a Fairer Scotland: Employability Support: A Discussion Paper

Monday, July 6, 2015

ISBN: 9781785445156

From 1 April 2017, Scotland will have the power to design and deliver its own employability services for disabled people and those at risk of long-term unemployment. This paper seeks the views of those with an interest in employability services in Scotland, and everyone who has an interest in building our Fairer Scotland.

Executive Summary

The key discussion areas in this paper are:

• what works best for unemployed people;

• the existing delivery landscape, scope for integrating services and whether to replace, develop or build on some, or all, existing services;

• ensuring all people in Scotland can access employment support services, but that these remain flexible enough to meet the employability needs of the individual;

• how to ensure early, accurate and realistic assessment of support needed, and how to share the assessment of need and join up services;

• balancing a national employment support service with the needs of the individual, local provision, and services from a range of providers most effectively;

• making the best use of resources to help unemployed people into work, while focusing specifically on people who face the most barriers to work;

• joining up service delivery and changing the way we deliver public services;

• incentives to help people find and stay in work, defining success by progression towards work within a wider context of fair work, dignity, inclusion and sustainability;

• flexibilities in the conditionality and sanctions regime in Scotland to better align with our principles of Fair Work, equity and social justice.