Employability and Skills Scotland 2018

  12/09/2018 10:00   Event ID :10284

Employment and opportunity: collaborating for success  

View article from TES and blog by Stephen Evans on ‘In the UK we must share our learning about skills’.

With a revised National Performance Framework in development, the Scottish Government is setting a clear, unified vision for Scotland, detailing how their actions will improve the quality of life for the people of Scotland. With a strong alignment to the Scotland’s economic strategy, ‘whole-system experiencing’ is coming of age as integration and alignment is embedded at every opportunity.

The bigger picture is becoming clearer as ‘joined up’ government has some real meaning but where is the individual, participants as much as staff, in all this? What assurances do we have that service delivery changes is working for those who need it most? How much are we prepared to share resources and learning to make Scotland fairer?

2018 has already seen the Scottish Government’s Labour Market Strategy progress with the launch of the new devolved employment support service – Fair Start Scotland, a Disability and Employment Congress and a review of the employability landscape in the offing. This year’s convention will hear from the Minister for Employability & Training, Jamie Hepburn MSP, talk about the approach which the Scottish Government is taking to develop employability and skills in Scotland.

With proposals to halve the disability employment gap, early findings about the Single Gateway pilots and a focus on implementing the 15-24 Learner Journey Review, there is just so much happening. Come to Employability and Skills Scotland to keep abreast of this fast-moving scene!

Join us to hear the latest news about employability and skills in Scotland, a ministerial address from Jamie Hepburn MSP, updates from senior government officials and a host of expert speakers.


Our Convention strands:

All sessions will aim to make sense of systems, services and achieving outcomes for disadvantaged people:

Research        Evidence and intelligence on what works.

Influence        Who, why, what and how do we influence and challenge policies and systems?

Change            Act and Reflect. How to do it and was it worth it? How innovation can bring change?

Why should you attend:

  • Access to in-depth expert overviews, policy discussions and case studies of innovative practice throughout Scotland.
  • Be part of the debate with everyone involved in improving the employability and skills offer of local people.
  • A place to network and forge new partnerships across employability, skills and welfare.

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Who should attend?

Everyone involved in delivering employment support and skills programmes – lead contractors, partners and organisations in their supply chain; policy officials from the Scottish Government, Department for Work and Pensions, Councils and their strategic and operational partners; employers and trade unions; higher and further education teaching and research; third sector, voluntary and community sector organisations; social enterprises; housing associations; diversity and welfare rights advocates; and health and social care partnerships.


Jamie Hepburn SNP
Jamie Hepburn SNP
Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills
Zoe Ferguson
Zoe Ferguson
Associate, Carnegie UK Trust
Angus Gray
Angus Gray
Deputy Director, Work and Health Unit, Department for Work and Pensions
Ahmed Yousaf
Ahmed Yousaf
Director, Remploy Scotland
Kate Still
Kate Still
Director for Scotland, Princes Trust and Chair, Employment Support Scotland  
David Coyne
David Coyne
Director, The Centre for Work Based Learning, Skills Development Scotland
Paul Bivand
Associate Director of Statistics and Analysis, Learning and Work Institute  
Greig Chisholm
Team Leader, Employability Division, Scottish Government
Senga Cree
Lead Single Health and Work Gateway Project, Scottish Government Employability & Skills Unit  
Fiona Farr
Policy Executive, Employability Programme Division, Scottish Government  
Adele Hill
Co-Chief Executive, Access to Industry  
Dr Kate Kelman
Strategy and Performance Manager, Capital City Partnership  
Mark Hynes
Dynamic Purchasing System Buyer, DWP  
Cat Leatherby
Operations Manager, Routes to Work Ltd  
Helen Martin
Assistant Secretary, STUC  
Liz McEntee
Economic Development Association Scotland  
Nick McGruer
Deputy Director Scotland, Department for Work and Pensions  
Jan Montgomery
Senior Health and Wellbeing Adviser, Ingeus  
Bridget Sly
Head of Disability Employment Team, Scottish Government  
Brian Scott
Development Manager, Glasgow Disability Alliance  
David Williams
Edinburgh Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, City of Edinburgh Council
Stephen Evans
Chief Executive Learning and Work Institute
Tony Wilson
Tony Wilson
Director, Institute for Employment Studies


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