Guest of Honour

Jamie Hepburn MSP Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Scottish Government

Read profile



Overview
JUST CONFIRMED
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.


Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:30
Registration, Tea and Coffee

 

09:00 - 09:30
Registration, Tea and Coffee

 

09:30 - 09:35
Chair's Welcome

 

Speakers

David Cameron Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE)

Read profile


09:35 - 10:00
Morning Key-Note Address

 
  • Fair Start Scotland’ and ‘No one Left Behind’ initiatives
  • Ensuring collaboration between different sectors
  • The case for full autonomy on employment services for Scotland

Speakers

Jamie Hepburn MSP Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Scottish Government

Read profile


10:00 - 10:30
Employability Support at Local Level

 
10:00-10:30 (including Q&A)
'Fair Start Scotland'
Pamela Smith, Chair of Scottish Local Authority Economic Development Group, and Local Employability Lead, Falkirk Council

  • Ensuring a personalised support scheme, based on dignity and respect
  • Review of the scheme so far and plans for the future


Speakers

Pamela Smith Chair of Scottish Local Authority Economic Development Group

Read profile


10:30 - 10:55
The Supported Employment Framework

 
  • Ideas from SUSE members for reducing the Disability Employment Gap
  • The contribution that can be made by supported employment programmes and the resources needed to reduce the Disability Employment Gap
------ Q&A with delegates ------

Speakers

David Cameron Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE)

Read profile


10:55 - 11:15
Networking Break

 

11:15 - 12:55
Health and Employability

 
11:15-11:35
Defining Disability: A spotlight on Mental Health
Billy Watson, Chief Executive, Scottish Association of Mental Health 

  • identifying mental health as a disability 
  • Individual Placement and Support Schemes (IPS)
  • The need for greater integration of services 

11:35-11:55
Inclusive Recruitment 
Michelle Fisher, Inclusion Scotland
Wendy Kuppens, The Improvement Service

  • Quotas and the creation of jobs designed for disabled people
  • Involving disable people in the employment process
  • Inclusive job adverts and recruitment processes

11:55-12:15
Handling long-term conditions
Louise Coupland, Employability Development Officer, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland

  • The importance of self-management 
  • self management reflective practice training to job centre and staff who will be delivering ‘Fair Start Scotland’
  • Our work with some of the Innovation and Integration Funded Projects
  • examples from people with lived experiences on self-management and employment
12:15-12:45
When a recovery journey becomes an Employability journey: Applying a person centred approach
Richard Watson, Drugs and Alcohol Community Partner, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) 
Lesley Ross, Partnership Manager, Elevate-Glasgow PSP
  • Joining approaches for Health and Social Care Partnerships and Alcohol and Drug Partnerships to integrate employability services for people engaging in substance misuse
  • Identifying gaps in provision across Scotland and establishing partnerships
  • Accessibility of services: channel shifts and urban setting vs. local setting

12:45-12:55
Q&A with delegates

Speakers

Louise Coupland Employability Development Officer

Read profile

Wendy Kuppens Intern, Knowledge Management Team at The Improvement Service

Read profile

Michelle Fisher Employment Officer, Inclusion Scotland

Read profile

Richard Watson Drugs and Alcohol Community Partner, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Read profile

Billy Watson CEO, Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)

Read profile

Lesley Ross Partnership Manager, Elevate-Glasgow PSP

Read profile


12:55 - 13:55
Networking Lunch

 

13:55 - 14:50
Young People and Employability

 
13:55-14:20
Supporting the most disadvantaged young people
Celia Tennant, CEO, Inspiring Scotland
  • Identifying what works for young people and finding work
  • A review of the 14:19 fund
  • The need for a new funding model: looking ahead to future initiatives such as the Building Brighter Futures Fund (BBFF)

14:20-14:40
Supporting young people in need of employment and accommodation
Leona McDermid, CEO, Aberdeen Foyer

  • Aligning learning, education and training opportunities: improving life chances for young people who have experienced homelessness and challenging circumstances in their lives
14:40-14:50
Joint Q&A


Speakers

Celia Tennant CEO, Inspiring Scotland

Read profile

Leona McDermid CEO, Aberdeen Foyer

Read profile


14:50 - 16:00
Ex-Offenders and Employability

 
14:50-15:10
Employability Partnerships - Scottish Prison Service
Andy Door, Head of Procurement, Scottish Prison Service and Adele Rae, General Manager, SPS Fauldhouse (Prison Industries)
  • Challenges within a prison setting
  • Opportunities for early Partnership working including Prison Industries

15:10-15:30
Supporting People with Convictions to Become Work-ready: The Journey
Alex Cochrane, Community Justice Mentor, The Wise Group

15:30-15:50
Aim Higher, Behave Differently, Change Your Future. - a trauma informed approach to understanding and overcoming barriers to employment for people with convictions
Alan Staff, Chief Executive, APEX Scotland 

15:50-16:00
Joint Q&A

Speakers

Alex Cochrane Community Justice Mentor, The Wise Group

Read profile

Andy Door Head of Procurement, Scottish Prison Service

Read profile

Adele Rae General Manager, Scottish Prison Services

Read profile

Alan Staff Chief Executive, APEX Scotland

Read profile


16:00 - 16:05
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Celia Tennant CEO, Inspiring Scotland

Read profile


End

Speakers

David Cameron Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE)

Read profile

Alex Cochrane Community Justice Mentor, The Wise Group

Read profile

Louise Coupland Employability Development Officer

Read profile

Andy Door Head of Procurement, Scottish Prison Service

Read profile

Michelle Fisher Employment Officer, Inclusion Scotland

Read profile

Jamie Hepburn MSP Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Scottish Government

Read profile

Wendy Kuppens Intern, Knowledge Management Team at The Improvement Service

Read profile

Leona McDermid CEO, Aberdeen Foyer

Read profile

Adele Rae General Manager, Scottish Prison Services

Read profile

Lesley Ross Partnership Manager, Elevate-Glasgow PSP

Read profile

Pamela Smith Chair of Scottish Local Authority Economic Development Group

Read profile

Alan Staff Chief Executive, APEX Scotland

Read profile

Celia Tennant CEO, Inspiring Scotland

Read profile

Richard Watson Drugs and Alcohol Community Partner, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Read profile

Billy Watson CEO, Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)

Read profile


Venue details

Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor, Grosvenor Street Haymarket, Edinburgh, EH12 5EF

Venue website


Speakers
X Close