Employment Support Scotland

Employment Support Scotland gives providers, regardless of sector, size or specialism, an equal voice in Scotland.

This network is kindly sponsored by entitledto


Meetings coming up
ERSA members delivering in Scotland, please make sure you are represented!

25 February 2022, 10am 
Register now


Disabled Parents Project for East Lothian Council
East Lothian Council
As part of the Disabled Parents Employability Support Fund, East Lothian Works have received funding from the Scottish Government to identify and address barriers faced by unemployed disabled parents in entering and sustaining employment. 
Value: -  Closing Date: 24 January 2022

Previous meeting

Employment Support Scotland, December 2021
Members were joined by David Eiser, Senior Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Fraser of Allander Institute who provided insightful analysis of the Scottish Budget. Discussions and updates around local labour market updates, localism agenda, UKSPF and no one left behind were also included. Members can catch up by registering/logging in to the membership area. 

Employment Support Scotland, August 2021
ERSA members along with guests from The Scottish Training Federation and Third Sector Employability Forum were joined by Pamela Smith, Employability Partnership Manager, Improvement Service and Amy Stuart, Scottish Government to give updates on No One Left Behind and Young Person’s Guarantee initiatives. 
Watch on demand here (50 minutes)
Download the slides here

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Thank you to our forum sponsor entitledto, leading provider of online benefit calculators in the UK today. 

As the UK’s leading provider of online benefits calculators, entitledto is proud to be sponsoring the Employment Support Scotland Forum this year. Employment service providers in Scotland are on the front line of helping jobseekers get back into work and their expertise is key to guiding people through the transition, including by showing how it will affect their benefits situation. We look forward to following the work of all providers across the nation.  

Briefing on recent UC changes (8 July) 
ERSA members can email [email protected] for a link to the briefing

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Chair Elections for Employment Support Scotland

We are pleased to announce your co-chairs for the ESS network have been officially appointed; 

Paul de Pellette, Chief Executive Officer, Triage Central and ERSA Board Member
Robin Turner, Chief Executive, Routes to Work and Observer on the ERSA Board representing delivery organisations in Scotland

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Catch up

Employment Support Scotland, Friday 6 August 
ERSA members along with guests from The Scottish Training Federation and Third Sector Employability Forum were joined by Pamela Smith, Employability Partnership Manager, Improvement Service and Amy Stuart, Scottish Government to give updates on  No One Left Behind and Young Person’s Guarantee initiatives. 
Watch on demand here
Download the slides here

 

Employment Support Scotland, Friday 7 May
watch on demand here

Employment Support Scotland, Friday 12 March
Watch again here

Employment Support Scotland, 3 February
Meeting to discuss the Scottish Budget announced on 28 January with Scottish Government, DWP and Capita who have been awarded the JETS contract in Scotland.
Watch again here

Scottish Budget Statement, 28 January
Watch in full here

Employment Support Scotland, 15 January
The meeting heard conclusions and recommendation from the collaborative Network of Networks, David Eiser shared thoughts on the Spending Review and its implications for Scotland. The DWP team also joined for an update on future commissioning along with a Q&A. Watch again here

Read the latest bulletins

ESS Bulletin - 1 February

ESS Bulletin - 21 January

ES Bulletin - December 2020

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Following the independence vote in September 2014, Westminster Government is delivering ‘devo max’ to Scotland, which includes giving control over employment services to the Scottish Parliament. ERSA's submission to the Smith Commission called for the devolution of outsourced employment services to also include devolving responsibility for Jobcentre Plus and in work benefits.  Currently, only outsourced employment services are to be devolved.

Given this changing landscape, it is vital that the providers of employment support services in Scotland are able to offer their expertise to help shape the design of future programmes, to ensure that the best possible services can be delivered to jobseekers and provide value for money for the taxpayer.  The Scottish Network believes there is a huge opportunity to commission more integrated services which bring together health, employment and skills in Scotland and is working towards this overall aim.

ERSA has led a series of consultation events feeding into the Scottish Government Consultation Creating a Fairer Scotland: Employability Support: A Discussion Paper

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