Employability Services have been allocated £113 million by the SNP Government, including £60 million confirmed in the 2022/23 Budget for No One Left Behind and the Young Person’s Guarantee, plus additional investment in the Parental Employability Support Fund and Tackling Child Poverty.
The funding is aimed at supporting those at risk of long-term employment across North Ayrshire and Scotland.
To deliver the ambitions set out in the National Strategy for Economic Transformation and the Child Poverty Delivery Plan, tailored services based on local needs will ensure the right help is given to ensure people are supported to move towards and into work.
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“The SNP Government’s No One Left Behind policy places people at the centre of employability services and support, to give them help tailored to their specific needs.
I’m pleased that in 2022/23 we are able to invest up to £113 million to support those at risk of long-term unemployment.
“This investment will build on existing support to deliver more localised help around employability and skills to people most disadvantaged in the labour market. It will also align more closely with other local services in housing, justice, advice, and health.”
The Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2022-26: ‘Best Start, Bright Futures’, recognises the value of No One Left Behind and increasing investment in services which provide the holistic and connected support parents need to enter and progress in employment.
The No One Left Behind approach - which includes the Young Person’s Guarantee - sees services funded through Local Employability Partnerships provide support that meets both individual and labour market needs in each area. This is crucial to achieving shared aims around tackling poverty and inequalities.
The National Strategy for Economic Transformation aims to build a fairer and more equal society by ensuring economic transformation which tackles inequality, drives up working standards and improves pay. It also outlines how partnership working can support people into jobs by tackling labour market inequalities and unlocking Scotland’s economic potential.