Coronavirus (COVID-19): Cross Party Covid Recovery Steering Group presentation - 23 September 2021

Presentation on employability and skills given at the September 23 meeting of the Covid Recovery Steering Group.

National performance framework and labour market strategy

Good jobs, increased participation, greater equality and better skills are key to many of the National Performance Framework outcomes.

National Performance Framework:

  • we have thriving and innovative businesses, with quality jobs and fair work for all
  • we are well educated, skilled and able to contribute to society
  • we have a globally competitive, entrepreneurial, inclusive and sustainable economy
  • we tackle poverty by sharing opportunities, wealth and power more equally

Labour market

  • a skilled, productive and engaged workforce
  • equality of opportunity to access/progress in work
  • fulfilling, secure and well-paid jobs
  • low unemployment and high employment
  • an economy that supports a sustainable working population

Labour Market Strategy (2016) vision

A strong labour market that drives inclusive, sustainable economic growth, characterised by growing, competitive businesses, high employment, a skilled population capable of meeting the needs of employers, and where fair work is central to improving the lives of individuals and their families.

Labour Market Context:

  • youth unemployment
  • labour market inequalities
  • Fair Work

Employability and skills interventions

National Transition Training Fund

Supporting people 25 years+ who have lost their jobs or are at risk of doing so in addition to supporting sectors affected by Covid-19, EU Exit and/or future skills transitions, including the transition to net zero

Flexible workforce development fund

Supports employers (UK Apprenticeship Levy-payers and SMEs) in Scotland to upskill/retrain workforce

Individual training account

Provides up to £200 of training funding for individuals actively seeking employment or in low paid work and looking to progress

North East Skills Development

Up to £15m to the North East (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) to support workers to retrain and learn new skills in recognition of the difficulties faced as a result of the pandemic and the oil and gas downturn

Talent Attraction and Retention

Securing a pipeline of skilled workers to meet skills shortages and mitigate population challenges

Employability interventions and young people guarantee

Fair Work

Actions to meet our commitment to become a leading Fair Work Nation by 2025

Partnership Action for Continuing Employment

Utilising Partnership Action for Continuing Employment  to support those at risk of redundancy

Fair Start Scotland

Supports people at risk of long-term unemployment including disabled people, those with long term health conditions and/or other barriers to fair and sustained work

No One Left Behind

Our strategy for transformational change of employability services delivering place-based services that can flex to meet emerging labour market demands

Young Persons Guarantee

The ambition is that, within two years, every person aged between 16 and 24, based on their own personal circumstances and ambition, will have the opportunity to study; take up an apprenticeship, job or work experience; or participate in formal volunteering. 


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