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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

SNP Government Introduces New £2.5 Million Employability Fund

A new £2.5 million fund being set up by the SNP Government will improve the help delivered to people looking to access employment and training.

The Employability Innovation and Integration Fund will look to join up employment support with health and social care, justice and housing services, making sure people receive the level of support they need to find sustainable employment.

Bodies responsible for delivering community planning partnership priorities which include health boards and local authorities are being invited to submit proposals for the Fund.

Kenneth Gibson said:

“Better integration and alignment of employability with other services is a vital part of our ambition to tackle labour market inequalities and help more people into work.

“This approach will improve the quality of service delivery, achieve better and more sustainable positive outcomes, and ultimately improve the well-being of individuals and communities.

“This £2.5 million fund provides an opportunity to test new approaches that will bring about real change to how local services integrate effectively with employability and skills services.”

Information on the Employability Innovation and Integration Fund can be found here.

Funding of £2.5 million has been allocated from the 2017/18 and 2018/19 budgets and will operate until 31 March 2019.

Information on Scotland’s new employment support services can be found here.



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