Activating Scotland’s Workforce: Supporting People into Employment

At this event, we will scrutinise employment activation policies in Scotland and examine how we can improve support for job seekers to access Scotland’s labour market.

Delivering support where it’s needed

Unemployment has far-ranging implications for welfare systems, social inclusion and individual wellbeing, as well as hampering the wider economy. People with disabilities, a health condition or those from a disadvantaged background, face unique barriers in entering the workforce and are far more likely than their peers to be out of stable employment.

The Scottish Government has launched several employment support services designed to ensure that those who want to enter work can do so. However, in June 2018, the Office of National Statistics revealed that 118,000 people were looking for work in Scotland – an unemployment rate that has remained unchanged for three consecutive months.

Sustainable, inclusive employment lies at the heart of Scotland’s economic ambitions – so how do we ensure those who want to work secure employment? Join Holyrood on 12 December as we examine challenges, priorities and good practice in supporting individuals to find and stay in employment.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Employment support programmes in Scotland – From Fair Start to Work Able
  • Improving cross-service collaborative working to improve efficiency
  • Providing tailored and personal support for different job seekers
  • Tackling ‘Siloisation’ in policy and practice
  • Targeted provision in an environment of limited resources

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Chair’s Introduction

10:05 Session 1: Policy and Context

  • Employment support programmes in Scotland – From Fair Start to Work Able
  • Key barriers to employment and social inclusion
  • Unemployment trends in Scotland

10:05 Activation Policy In An Era of Precarious Labour Markets

Dr Vanesa Fuertes, Lecturer in Politics, University of the West of Scotland

10:30 Questions and Roundtable Discussions

11:00 Refreshments and Networking

11:30 Session 2: Providing Tailored Support

  • Providing tailored and personal support for different job seekers
  • Tackling ‘Siloisation’ in policy and practice
  • Targeted provision in an environment of limited resources

11:30 Beyond Conviction – New Opportunities for the Hidden 30%

Over a third of the Scottish male workforce has some form of criminal conviction – this presents a significant barrier to success both individually and for the economy. The session will look at what the barriers are and use a lived experience example to show how these can be overcome.

Alan Staff, Chief Executive, Apex Scotland
Sam Lawrie, Supervisor, All Cleaned Up

12:30 Questions and Roundtable Discussions

12:50 Networking Lunch

13:30 Session 3: Good Practice and Case Studies

  • Linking policy development and service delivery
  • Placing the needs of the individual at the heart of success
  • Improving cross-service collaborative working to improve efficiency

13:30 Participatory Video – a Powerful Tool for Employability, CPD and Policy Development

Iain Shaw, Company Director, Media Education

14:00 Foundations to Employment - A Relational Approach

It’s a bit about

  • What you know
  • Who you know

And it’s a LOT about

  • How you are

Karen Quinn, Senior Caseworker and Evelyn Forbes, Caseworker, Cyrenians

14:30 Questions and Roundtable Discussions

14:55 Chair’s Summary

15.00 Event Close

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

Novotel, 80 Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9DE | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
12 December 2018
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom
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