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Monthly E-bulletin

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 -

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

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.










Seven things you need to know about Scottish Apprenticeships

This morning, the Scottish Government published 'Seven things you need to know about Scottish Apprenticeships'

Record number of students from deprived areas get in to University

A record number of students from Scotland's most disadvantaged areas have successfully gained a place at university according to UCAS statistics published today.

Scotland’s Economy Bounces Back

Expansion in the manufacturing sector has helped the Scottish economy to grow by 0.8% - the highest rate of quarterly growth in Scotland since the end of 2014, new figures reveal.

Excellence and Achievement in Education

Higher passes exceed 150,000 for third year in a row.
The whole country should be proud of the qualifications gained by Scotland's young people,

Bright Prospects for Graduates

New figures showing Scottish university graduates have brighter prospects than their UK counterparts have been welcomed by Higher Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville.

SDS Careers Hub at Learning Festival

Apprentices will offer an insight into their experiences as part of Skills Development Scotland's careers hub at this year's Scottish Learning Festival.

Jobs Expansion for Gaming Firm

Simulation games developer and publishing company Dovetail Games is increasing its Scottish workforce by 40% with 20 new jobs, taking the number of staff to 50.

Coding for Career Success

The Minister for Employability and Training has been put through his digital paces by pupils from an Inverness Primary School at Skills Development Scotland's My World of Work Live!

PSP Helpdesk Service

The Scottish Government has recently extended its support to Ready for Business to offer fully funded advice and support to public sector organisations interested in the Public Social Partnership (PSP) model.

Quick News

Record High in Scottish Employment

More people in Scotland are in work as the latest jobs figures show an increase in employment to a record high and a fall in inactivity.

GERS Figures Published

The latest Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) figures show Scotland's fiscal position improved in 2016-17.


Improving Employment Support

Projects that are improving employment support by linking with health and social care, justice and housing services will receive a share of a £2.5 million fund.

Support for Women Returning to Work

Six projects across Scotland will receive a share of £185,000 aimed at supporting women into work following career breaks.



Food and Drink Career Expo Coming to BT Murrayfield

14 September 2017

Fancy a career in food and drink but not sure what options are available? Then why not come along to BT Murrayfield on 14 September and learn about the process from farm to fork.


Jobs Fair – Over 500 Jobs

19 September 2017 

Invest in Renfrewshire are hosting a Jobs Fair on Tuesday 19th September at Paisley Town Hall. With over 35 fantastic employers attending the event, bringing to you more than 500 jobs, 




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