The Scottish Government aims to achieve economic growth in Scotland that is inclusive. This means growth that combines increased prosperity with greater equality, creates opportunities for all, and distributes the benefits of increased prosperity fairly.
Its vision is to develop a more joined up employability system across Scotland – an employability system that does more to provide the right help for people of all ages, when they need it, and particularly for those further from the labour market, to ensure as many people as possible can benefit from the economy. This is in line with their approach to Inclusive Growth, recognising that the overall employment rate is high, we now need to ensure a greater focus on those further away from the labour market.
It is about developing a more flexible system that responds to individual and local needs – with clear roles for public, private and Third Sector. To do this we need a funding system which is flexible enough to support our ambitions, but also to adapt over time as the labour market changes.
Scottish Government recognises that there is a lot of good work going on, there are lots of people and organisations working to create better opportunities for people. The challenge we have is to develop more collective leadership across the main funders, Scottish government, UK Government, Local Government and the Third Sector.
This review will be informed by user and delivery partner feedback from those engaged with existing SG funded employability programmes, and evidence and evaluation from recent reports on the employability landscape. You are the experts and we want to hear your ideas on:
- the vision and objectives we have outlined and how we promote more collective leadership and collaboration between the different bodies involved;
- how we ensure employability programmes and services provide better support for people on their journey towards and into work – removing duplication and supporting better outcomes;
- how we ensure funding and programmes are flexible enough to meet changing labour market conditions;
- how we recognise the valuable input from different sectors and how we build, collectively, on what works for the individual;
- roles and responsibilities at national, regional and local level;
- whether there are particular types of support that are working really well and how we can do more to build on that;
- approaches to assessment and referral; and
- what success looks like and approaches to performance management.
SG welcomes your feedback on these issues. You can send submissions to: NEETpolicy@gov.scot by 29 June 2018.