European Structural and Investment Funds

Improving employment opportunities

There are three Strategic Interventions (SIs) intended to improve employment opportunities in Scotland:

  • employability
  • Youth Employment Initiative
  • developing Scotland's workforce


The Employability SI aims to:

  • promote sustainable and quality employment, and the free movement of workers
  • provide routes to sustainable employment for unemployed people with multiple barriers to work, such as illness
  • increase the skill levels of and labour market opportunities for unemployed people with multiple barriers to work

The lead partners for this SI are:

  • Skills Development Scotland (SDS)
  • the following local authorities: Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Moray, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, Edinburgh City, East Renfrewshire, Falkirk, Fife, Inverclyde, Midlothian, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Youth Employment Initiative

The Youth Employment Initiative SI aims to:

  • help young people, particularly those not in employment, education or training, into work
  • reduce the number of unemployed and socially excluded young people in south west Scotland

The lead partners for this SI are:

  • the Scottish Funding Council
  • the following local authorities: Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire

Developing Scotland's Workforce

The Developing Scotland's Workforce SI aims to:

  • create new learning places for skills development
  • provide training courses for careers in Scotland's growth sectors
  • develop a curriculum to address skills gaps and offer new ways of learning
  • expand Scotland's Modern Apprenticeship programme in sectors including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
  • create a work-based learning approach through Foundation Apprenticeships, which begin in schools
  • support Advanced Apprenticeships, which offer post-school academic and work-based education
  • promote vocational skills at International Standard Classification of Education level 3 and above in support of Scotland's growth sectors

The lead partners for this SI are:

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