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Welcome to the January 2020 edition of the Employability in Scotland e-bulletin.


Welcome to 2020! There has been lots happening across employability once again this month, and we would like to share some of those highlights with you.

Working in Partnership to deliver No One Left Behind

In December 2019, Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Business Fair Work and Skills and Councillor Kelly Parry, COSLA Spokesperson for Communities and Wellbeing issued a joint update on the work that Scottish and Local Government and partners have undertaken since the signing of the Partnership Working Agreement for Employability in December 2018. A copy of the partnership update can be found at: Partnership Update.


Fair Work Convention Event

What does fair work mean to you? If you don’t know, do know, or just fancy a cuppa (tea, coffee or water) and some biscuits, come along to this event in Edinburgh on 12th February where you will be able to meet the Fair Work Convention.

The event will give you the opportunity to hear from advocates for Fair Work across Scotland, ask questions and participate in an open discussion. The Convention are keen to hear the views of Scotland’s public on all aspects of fair work. If you would like to ask your questions anonymously, or ahead of time, we will give you the opportunity to do that too, so don’t worry about speaking on the day if you don’t want to!

By 2025, the Scottish Government want to be world leading in the Fair Work Agenda, and by talking to you, hearing your views, we are able to help to make this vision a reality. The event is free to attend, but you will need to register on Eventbrite.


Developing the Young Workforce: Fifth Annual Progress Report 2018-2019

This fifth annual report of developing the young workforce published on 19 December 2019. It covers the academic year 2018 to 2019 and highlights early progress made in the first part of academic year 2019-2020. A copy of the report is available through the following link, where you can find out more on efforts to support young people into the world of work and how the partnership approach has been internationally recognised by the World Future Council.


Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2020

This year, Scottish Apprenticeship Week takes place from 2 – 6 March and is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity that makes work-based learning good for individuals, employers and the economy. Co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland, the campaign theme is ‘Talent Without Limits’ and during the week, activities and events will take place up and down the country.

You can find out more on the website


Quick News

Scottish Charity Awards

Applications for the Scottish Charity Awards 2020 are now open!. Categories are;  Charity of the year, Charity champion, Demonstrating digital, Pioneering project, Terrific trustee, Leading light, Celebrating communities & Cracking campaign – you can find out more at: Scottish Charity Awards.


SCVO - The Gathering

The Gathering is the largest free voluntary sector event in the UK, giving people working in this sector an opportunity to network, showcase what they do and learn from each other. There is a bustling marketplace, workshops, seminars and training opportunities. Around 3,000 visitors attend from across Scotland with over 110 exhibitors – it offers a packed programme showcasing the work of the sector.

This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th February 2020 at Glasgow’s SECC and it’s free to attend. For more information and to book your place go to: SCVO-The Gathering

Firestarter Festival

Many people across Scotland are currently lighting their own small fires by exploring genuine, participatory methods of engagement, creating innovative and transformative changes.

The Fire Starter Festival provides a unique opportunity to share the stories of these fires of change, as well as deepening knowledge and skills that underpin transformation. It allows people from all aspects of public service to share innovative and creative ways that we are all making a difference to Scotland

The Fire Starter Festival is taking place until Friday 14th February 2020 and is run by Collective Leadership Scotland at The Scottish Government. A copy of the Firestarter event programme can be found here.




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