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The Scottish Approach to employability support – our analysis of the Scottish Government public consultation

The Scottish Approach to employability support – our analysis of the Scottish Government public consultation

The Scottish Government has received devolved responsibility from Westminster for designing and delivering employability services that will succeed the current Work Programme and Work Choice support. This presents an opportunity to design a distinctly Scottish Approach to employability support. As part of this, the Scottish Government ran a public consultation in 2015 to seek public views on what a ‘Scottish Approach’ should look like and how the replacement support should fit into this. Rocket Science was commissioned to analyse the responses.

215 individuals, service providers, and advocacy and support organisations responded. Following a combination of qualitative and quantitative analysis we identified six key messages running through the consultation responses:

That the Scottish Approach to employability support should:

  • Have a person centred, flexible and tailored approach that considers all elements of an individual’s life that affects their employability
  • Be designed and delivered by a partnership of organisation such as central and local government, third sector, and educators
  • Focus on ‘real jobs’ through engaging with employers and creating high quality labour market intelligence, so job seekers are prepared for and directed towards jobs that exist.

That any devolved replacement programme should:

  • Be designed nationally but adapted to the local context and delivered locally
  • Involve contracts that use a combination of payment by job outcome, progression towards work, attachment fees, and should incorporate client feedback as a metric for payment
  • Target those with the highest needs, and focus a separate programme on this group to avoid them getting lost in the crowd.

The full analysis report can be found at:—employability-support—analysis-of-responses.pdf

By Clare Hammond

Clare is a Senior Consultant at Rocket Science. With a background in economics and public policy, Clare came to us from the New Zealand Treasury where she had exposure to the development and implementation of the ‘Investment Approach to Welfare’ which was spearheaded by a joint working group from the Treasury and the Ministry for Social Development.

For more information contact Clare on 0131 226 4949

Future of support for rural communities in Scotland

Future of support for rural communities in Scotland

Our review of support to rural communities for the Scottish Government has been published this week.

Rocket Science was commissioned to review the advice and support on funding that is available to rural communities in Scotland, with a specific focus on the role, performance and future of Rural Direct, a national information service provided by Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) on behalf of Scottish Government.

The review highlighted that the most useful type of support for communities is that which is provided by communities themselves who have been through the process of starting up and developing rural projects.  A finding we made when we researched the needs of communities for the new Village SOS programme we are delivering with our partners ACRE and Rose Regeneration and in Scotland with Forth Sector and Senscot.

For more information on the report contact Richard Scothorne

For more information on support for rural communities in Scotland through Village SOS contact Clare Hammond