Welcome to the July edition of the Employability in Scotland e-bulletin.
Despite the Scottish Parliament breaking for recess on 1 July the Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie Hepburn MSP, has been busy touring Scotland to view, first-hand, various employability programmes being delivered. Mr Hepburn has been using this opportunity to speak to people who are using these services, capturing a key voice to inform how these services, and new services, will be delivered in future. Mr Hepburn has also been meeting with employers who have engaged with their local Developing Young Workforce (DYW) group.
On 13 July Mr Hepburn was in Fife, visiting Ember Technology, Purvis Group, Burntisland Fabrication and Avtek Solutions.
On 14 July Mr Hepburn marked Employability Day in Glasgow, celebrating the Graduation of 20 people through ENABLE Scotland’s Employment Academy for Supported Training (EAST), big congratulations to all those who graduated! The Minister then spent time listening to people using Scotland’s new transitional employment support programmes, Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland, at Remploy and Wise Group respectively.
You can hear directly from the Minister on some of these visits here -
And learn more about Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland here -
On 26 July Mr Hepburn was in Dumfries and Galloway, visiting Smiths Hotel, Langholm Initiative, and SDS contracted training providers Lowland Training and Apex Scotland, where the Minister saw how training and employability related projects were helping remove the barriers to work through strong linkages with the local community and employers.
On 27 July Mr Hepburn visited William Grant & Sons Distillery, Ashleigh Building and GE Caledonian in Ayrshire.
The Minister will continue his Summer tour in August, please keep watching @EmployinScot for more updates.
And finally, the closing date for submitting proposals to the Employability Innovation and Integration Fund was on Thursday 27th July. Proposals will now be assessed and more information will be available in the coming months.
Don’t forget to 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.