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PACE 2017Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) is the Scottish Government's national strategic partnership framework for responding to redundancy situations. It ensures that local public sector agencies respond to potential and proposed redundancies as quickly and effectively as possible.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) leads on the delivery of PACE on behalf of the Scottish Government in conjunction with other partner organisations such as the Department for Work and Pensions, Local Authorities, the STUC and Citizen's Advice Scotland. In addition to the National PACE Team, there are 18 local PACE Teams across Scotland to ensure speedy and effective responses to redundancy situations.

PACE support is tailored to meet individual needs and local circumstances and may include: Jobcentre Plus services; one-to-one counselling; comprehensive information packs; access to high-quality training; seminars on skills such as CV-writing and starting up a business; and access to IT facilities.

Facing redundancy?

Newly unemployed?

PACE offers free and impartial advice and is available to all individuals affected by redundancy, no matter the size of the business nor how many employees are involved. PACE also works with insolvency practioners to provide support where a business has gone into administration or liquidation.

Every two years, the PACE Conference brings together the various members of the national and local PACE Partnerships to share best practice and discuss how redundancy support can be further improved. The most recent Conference took place on the 8th March 2016.