Summary

Ensuring that as many people as possible benefit from work.


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  • Our employment support service – Fair Start Scotland – is designed to give individualised support to 38,000 individuals furthest removed from the labour market
  • Supporting those affected by redundancy through the Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE)

Fair Start Scotland

We have developed an employment support service – Fair Start Scotland – to help those facing the greatest barriers to work to find and stay in jobs, based on our over-arching principles of fairness and respect.

We are also setting out how we will deliver more effective and joined up employability support across Scotland with the publication of No One Left Behind – Next Steps for the Integration and Alignment of Employability Support in Scotland.

We are developing links between employment support and other services through the £2.5 million Employability Innovation and Integration Fund.

Individual Training Accounts

We have launched Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) to support employability by focusing funds on those actively seeking employment and those who are currently in low paid work and looking to progress.

Partnership Action for Continuing Employment

We will continue to support those affected by redundancy through the Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE), while providing careers and skills advice to people of all ages through the Skills Development Scotland agency.

Key resources:

Scottish Government: Employment support policy

Skills Development Scotland

Scottish Funding Council: Skills and employability

Employability in Scotland

Living Wage Scotland

My World of Work

Redundancy support for people and businesses in Scotland