Key-note Speaker: Jamie Hepburn MSP
, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Scottish Government
As well as expert contributions from:
- Celia Tennant: CEO, Inspiring Scotland
- Pamela Smith: Chair of Scottish Local Authority Economic Development Group and Local Employability Lead, Falkirk Council
- Richard Watson, Drugs and Alcohol Community Partner, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
- Lesley Ross Partnership Manager, Elevate Glasgow PSP
- David Cameron: CEO, Scottish Union for Supported Employment (SUSE)
- Louise Coupland: Employment Development Officer, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland
- Leona McDermid: CEO, Aberdeen Foyer
- Alan Staff, Chief Executive, APEX Scotland
- Andy Door, Head of Procurement, Scottish Prison Service
- Alex Cochrane , Community Justice Mentor, The Wise Group
- Executive Team, Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)
- Phyl Meyer: Employability and Civic Participation Team Manager, Inclusion Scotland
As more devolved employment support powers are exercised, Scotland has an opportunity to develop a system that focuses on the needs of the individual, to give them the right support when finding employment. The Scottish Government has shown its commitment to this very belief with the roll-out of Fair Start Scotland
from April 2018, which will focus on breaking down barriers to employment for people who are further removed from the labour market.
Holyrood Insight’s One-Day National Conference on Employability in Scotland will explore the avenues that employers can pursue to create a fairer labour market, as well as unpacking Scottish Government initiatives such as Fair Start Scotland
and No One Left Behind
. The event will be particularly appealing to local authorities, health and social care organisations, housing/homelessness organisations, HR teams, prison services and any other organisation that is seeking to promote inclusive employability.
Our event will be split into 4 key areas
- Employability at Local Level: A review of the Fair Start Scotland initiative, and sharing best practice on successful employability strategies and partnerships established by local authorities.
- Health and Employability: focusing on the disability employment gap, mental health as a barrier to work, the effect of long term illnesses, and ex-drug and alcohol misusers’ barriers to employment.
- Young people and Employability: Exploring the ‘Developing the Young Workforce’ initiative and how employers can break down barriers for young people by smoothing the transition from school to work.
- Ex-offenders and Employability: Exploring the Scottish Prison Services’ Employability Partnerships for supporting ex-offenders into employment.