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:

  • Keynote: Dominic Munro, Director for Fair Work, Employability and Skills, Scottish Government
  • 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
  • Lois Ratcliffe, Internship Programme Manager, Inclusion Scotland
  • 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 impact of COVID-19 on the workforce with an estimated 750,000* employees registered on the jobs Retention Scheme.

Considering the achievements and opportunities of the Government’s flagship policy, Fair Start Scotland, we will review how employers can respond to the health crisis and what support is available at both a national and local level.

You will hear innovative strategies that are helping to recover Scotland’s economy including utilising working from home, developing productivity and creating new opportunities.Gain insight from key stakeholders on the support projects designed to 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 people back to work. You will also explore the links between public health and employability, as the pathway for sustainable and inclusive jobs opportunities 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 help build Scotland’s employability pipeline.


Agenda
Start

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 Exploring How to Response to COVID-19

 

  • Reviewing the achievements, gaps and opportunities of the Fair Start Scotland initiative and its impact on employability 
  • Identifying the impact of COVID-19 on Scotland’s workforce and rethinking employability in Scotland 
  • Assessing national and local level support for both employers and employees to ensure a successful response and recovery to COVID-19 
09:55 – 10:00: Questions and Discussions 

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Dominic Munro Director for Fair Work, Employability and Skills, Scottish Government

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10:00 - 10:30
Creating Opportunities and Tackling Social Barriers to Employment

 
  • Evaluating how supported employment could harness opportunities and develop sustainable jobs after the pandemic 
  • Unlocking the potential of working from home to boost productivity
  • 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, long-term mental health problems and the challenges of working from home to ensure positive wellbeing of employees  

    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” while considering the impact of COVID-19 on the employment gap
  • Offering workplace support to people with disabilities in response to COVID 19, enabling employees to feel safe and remain engaged 
  • Deconstructing our understanding of disabilities and mental health to remove social barriers and promoting a safe workplace
  • Reducing stigma when employing people with long term health conditions to ensure they are supported and engaged 

Speakers

Morven Brooks CEO, Disability Equality Scotland

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Lois Ratcliffe Internship Programme Manager, Inclusion 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
Break

 

12:00 - 12:50
Creating Opportunities for Young People post COVID-19

 
  • 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 and other policy initiatives that could help to reduce unemployment
  • 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



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Moira Cuthbertson Manager, Community Jobs Scotland SCVO

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Kate Still Director for Scotland, The Prince’s Trust

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Robert Woodward Chair, DYW National Group

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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
Break

 

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

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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 in light of COVID-19
  • 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


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Jayne Chapell Social Enterprise Network Scotland

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John Hinton Executive Director, Move On

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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 Enterprise Network Scotland

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Moira Cuthbertson Manager, Community Jobs Scotland SCVO

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John Hinton Executive Director, Move On

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Alistair Kerr Director and Chair of BASE Scotland

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Dominic Munro Director for Fair Work, Employability and Skills, Scottish Government

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Lois Ratcliffe Internship Programme Manager, Inclusion 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

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