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Monthly E-bulletin

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.









Poverty Advisor’s Report

'The Life Chances of Young People in Scotland' is the second report from the Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality, Naomi Eisenstadt, who says any support young people receive from the government is vital in their development.

Scottish Economy Grows 0.8%

The Scottish economy grew by 0.8% during the first quarter of 2017, according to statistics announced today by Scotland's Chief Statistician.

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.

Boosting Job Prospects for Disabled People

Businesses throughout the country are being encouraged to recognise the many benefits of employing people with disabilities.

Unemployment at Record Low

Scotland's unemployment rate fell to a record low of 3.8% over the last quarter, down 0.7 percentage points.

Progress made on promoting equalities within Modern Apprenticeships

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has published an  updated Equalities Action Plan For Modern Apprenticeships. This covers work against the objectives identified for the original Action Plan in December 2015.

21,000 New Jobs for Edinburgh and South East Scotland

The Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal will deliver inclusive economic growth across the region through housing, innovation, transport, skills and culture.  It is expected that the new deal will deliver 21,000 new jobs for the area.

Bursaries for new graduate medicine course

A bursary of £4,000 per year will be made available to students on Scotland's new graduate entry medical course.

Working with Partners to Support Skill

Scotland's national skills agency funded nearly 64,500 skills and learning opportunities during the past year.

Socio-Economic Duty

In a UK first, public bodies in Scotland will be required to put reducing poverty and inequality at the heart of their decision making.

Looking for an Injection of Youthful Talent and Enthusiasm? It’s Food and Drink to Foundation Apprentices

A new Foundation Apprenticeship in Food & Drink Manufacturing is being developed to help young people gain valuable work experience and industry recognised qualifications and skills while they're still at school.

Quick News

Exam Results Helpline

Skills Development Scotland's Exam Results Helpline will open on Tuesday 8 August as 139,000 students across the country receive their National, Higher and Advanced Higher results.

£45 million to Close Attainment Gap

More than £45 million will be provided to primary and secondary schools in 2017/18 to help close the poverty-related attainment gap, Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced today.

Blog – Lauren Brown, Developing the Young Workforce, West Lothian on the Apprenticeship Levy

Lauren Brown writes about the opportunities that the Apprenticeship Levy presents


People and Communities Fund

Organisations across Scotland, supporting hundreds of community led projects that put people first, are to receive £8.6m funding for the year 2017/18.

Lifeline Support for Low Income Households

Thanks to the Scottish Welfare Fund, more than 254,000 individual households have been given grants totalling £132.6m to help them through difficult times since the scheme began in April 2013. This fund comprises Community Care Grants and Crisis Grants.

Lewis Triumphs at the Waiting Game

Lewis Hunter from Kinross, who works at the world famous Gleneagles Hotel, received the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) Young Waiter of the Year award at a celebratory dinner in London in July.



Angus Jobs & Careers Fair

2 August 2017

Skills Development Scotland's (SDS) Arbroath centre is holding a careers fair on Wednesday 2 August.


Inverurie Career & Employability Events

14 August 2017 

Young people in Inverurie and the local area are invited to come along to Skills Development Scotland's (SDS) career information sessions and employability workshops this month.



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