Key Points
  • Reviewing key policies and taking advantage of the schemes and mechanisms that facilitate inclusive recruitment and employment
  • Unlocking the potential of support services and partnerships to maximise sustainable employment for all
  • Reducing barriers for people with disabilities, young people, and recovering individuals to create inclusive and sustainable employment opportunities.
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Overview
Expert speakers include:

  • Dr. Sally Witcher OBE, CEO, Inclusion Scotland
  • Alistair Kerr, Director and Chair, BASE Scotland
  • Morven Brooks, CEO, Disability Equality Scotland
  • Jamie Sinclair, Health and Work Support Pilot, Employability Division, Scottish Government
  • Robert Woodward, Chair, DYW National Group
  • Kate Still, Director for Scotland, The Prince’s Trust
  • Moira Cuthbertson, Manager, Community Jobs Scotland SCVO
  • Beth Weaver, Senior Lecturer - Department of Social Work and Social Policy, University of Strathclyde
  • Pegs Bailey, Employability Development Manager, Fife Voluntary Action
  • David Lidell OBE, CEO, Scottish Drugs Forum
  • John Hinton, Executive Director, Move On
  • Jayne Chapell, Finance and Development Manager, Social Firms Scotland


Holyrood Insight’s second Employability in Scotland Conference will explore the achievements and opportunities of the Government’s flagship policy, Fair Star Scotland and its main objectives towards incorporating vulnerable groups into meaningful employment.

You will review innovative strategies that are transforming Scotland into a Fair Work Nation. Gain insight from key stakeholders on the strategies that bridge the disability employment gap, reduce youth unemployment, reintegrate recovering individuals and stimulate the social enterprise sector.

Unlock the potential of multi-agency partnerships, funding programmes and upskilling training to empower marginalised groups into the labour force. Create strong, fair and supported employment opportunities that are representative for all. You will also review the links between employability and public health from a co-production approach, as the pathway for a sustainable and inclusive economy in the future.

This conference will bring together Government representatives, Local Authorities, support service providers, practitioners, Human Resources managers and social entrepreneurs.

Don’t miss the opportunity to network with pathfinders from breakthrough models and experts working to improve Scotland’s employability pipeline.

Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:20
Registration, Tea and Coffee

 

09:20 - 09:40
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Dr. Sally Witcher OBE Inclusion Scotland

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09:40 - 10:00
Keynote Address: Reviewing the Fair Start Scotland Policy and Exploring the Next Steps towards Improved Employability

 

  • Reviewing the achievements, gaps and opportunities of the Fair Start Scotland initiative and its impact on employability 
  • Exploring the support and services provided for both employers and employees
  • Assessing the mechanisms available at the national and local level to achieve an effective implementation of policies and funding options

    09:55 – 10:00: Questions and discussions 

10:00 - 10:30
Creating Opportunities, Tackling Social Barriers to Employment and Building Safe Workplaces

 
  • Exploring the benefits of supported employment to harness opportunities and sustainable jobs 
  • Unlocking the potential of a diverse workspace to boost productivity and promote socially responsible workplaces
  • Maximising engagement and long-term integration in the workplace through support services 
  • Understanding the importance of disclosure and support systems in the recruitment process as a key for creating safe and fair working environments
  • Establishing the link between employment deprivation and self-reported long-term mental health problems

    10:20 - 10:30: Questions and discussion



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Alistair Kerr Director and Chair of BASE Scotland

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10:30 - 11:00
Bridging the Disability Employment Gap

 
  • Reviewing “A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People Action Plan”
  • Facilitating the transition from benefits into employment and harnessing sustainable job opportunities
  • Deconstructing our understanding of disabilities and mental health to remove social barriers and promoting a safe workplace
  • Understanding support as an ability enhancer to improve employee performance and engagement
  • Reducing stigma when employing people with long term health conditions to ensure they are supported and engaged 
  • Offering support to overcome logistical and confidence barriers  

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Morven Brooks CEO, Disability Equality Scotland

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11:00 - 11:30
Case study: Making a Positive Case for Becoming a Disability Friendly Workplace

 
  • Review of the lessons of “Health and Work Support Pilot” 
  • Understanding the equality and diversity legal duties when employing people with disabilities, under the Equality Act. 
  • Identifying barriers and adjusting to promote equal opportunities and reduce disadvantages 

    11:20 - 11:30: Questions and discussion

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Jamie Sinclair Project Lead Health & Work Support Pilot

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11:30 - 12:00
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

12:00 - 12:50
Breaking Down Barriers to Youth Employability

 
  • Addressing specific needs such as childcare and logistical support to integrate young people in the workforce
  • Understanding the change in workforce supply and demand to achieve a skills alignment in the labour market 
  • Exploring the benefits of the modern apprenticeships scheme
  • Identifying the local delivery programmes that work in coordination with a national strategy increase employability opportunities 
  • Targeting disadvantaged groups including ethnic minorities, females, and populations in rural backgrounds to ensure access to opportunities  

    12:40 - 12:50: Questions and discussion



Speakers

Robert Woodward Chair, DYW National Group

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Kate Still Director for Scotland, The Prince’s Trust

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Moira Cuthbertson Manager, Community Jobs Scotland SCVO

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12:50 - 13:30
Employment and Recovery from Substance Abuse and Misuse

 
  • Looking into provision services to increase engagement and long-term employment for recovering individuals 
  • Promoting the development of personal skills that facilitate employment opportunities and integration in the workplace. 
  • Developing a personalised approach with the flexibility of a case by case basis
  • Understanding the implications of a Public Health focus on addictions to potentialize the reach of safe employment on the economic output 
  • Revising the many aspects of disabilities including drug abuse and mental health to provide adequate counselling and support services and improve pathways to employability 

    13:20 – 13:30: Questions and discussion

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Beth Weaver University of Strathclyde

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13:30 - 14:30
Networking lunch

 

14:30 - 15:10
Unlocking Multi-Agency Partnerships That Create Meaningful Employment for Marginalised Groups

 
  • Learning how to effectively use funds and resources from national and local initiatives, minimising duplication of services and promoting solutions for an integrated labour market.  
  • Including the ‘voice of lived experience’ in every level to build successful peer strategies to bring and maintain people in the workforce
  • Looking into successful models of multi-agency coordination to identify key elements of communication and collaboration 

    15:00- 15:10: Questions and discussion

Speakers

Pegs Bailey Employability Development Manager, Fife Voluntary Action

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15:10 - 16:00
The Impact of Social Enterprises to Overcome Barriers to Employability

 
  • Exploring grassroots initiatives that provide employment opportunities and empower communities
  • Reviewing the Social Enterprise Strategy set out by the SG 2016-2026 and its effects on social responsibility to increasing employability opportunities
  • Providing valuable employment opportunities to achieve vertical mobility by empowering communities 

    15:50 - 16:00: Questions and discussion


Speakers

Jayne Chapell Social Firms Scotland

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Jack Rendall Nottingham Trent University

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16:00 - 16:10
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

16:05 - 16:05
Close of Forum

 

End

Speakers

Pegs Bailey Employability Development Manager, Fife Voluntary Action

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Morven Brooks CEO, Disability Equality Scotland

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Jayne Chapell Social Firms Scotland

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Moira Cuthbertson Manager, Community Jobs Scotland SCVO

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Alistair Kerr Director and Chair of BASE Scotland

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Jamie Sinclair Project Lead Health & Work Support Pilot

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Kate Still Director for Scotland, The Prince’s Trust

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Beth Weaver University of Strathclyde

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Dr. Sally Witcher OBE Inclusion Scotland

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Robert Woodward Chair, DYW National Group

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Venue details

Central Edinburgh Central Edinburgh


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