Welcome to the August edition of the Employability in Scotland e-bulletin.
We hope everyone has had an opportunity to re-charge over the summer. With the Scottish Parliament due to return from recess next week, the team is looking forward to a busy autumn.
The Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie Hepburn MSP, has been continuing his summer tour, visiting more of Scotland to see and hear first-hand about our employability programmes, Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland; how these are being delivered and benefiting people.
To see where the Minister visits, you can stay updated on @EmployinScot.
You can learn more about Work Able Scotland and Work First Scotland here - http://www.employabilityinscotland.com/devolved-employment-services/employment-support-2017/
You might find it helpful to note the recent announcements made this month by the Minister for Employability and Training.
On 28 August 2017, Jamie Hepburn MSP announced thirteen projects operating across 15 local authorities will receive funding through the £2.5 million Employability Innovation and Integration Fund (‘the Fund’).
Projects will join up employment support with health and social care, justice and housing services, making sure people receive the level of support they need to find work. The work of these projects ties in with the fairer approach we are taking to deliver our newly devolved employment services,
You can find more information on these projects at http://www.employabilityinscotland.com/policy-and-partnership/integration-and-alignment/
Earlier in August (11th) Mr Hepburn announced that six projects across Scotland will receive a share of £185,000 aimed at supporting women into work following career breaks through Scottish Government Returners Funding grants.
This work builds on a £50,000 project, being run by Equate Scotland between February 2017 to January 2018 providing support for at least 40 women to re-enter the STEM sector.
Details of the successful projects can be found here
As always, please keep in touch. We are always happy to receive your case studies, examples of good practice and your contributions for the Employability in Scotland Website and e-bulletin.