Employability, Skills and Learning Progress – Recommendation 4

Regional employability pilot

The Scottish Government should initiate and co-ordinate a regional employability pilot project, based in an area where there is a high military and veteran population. The purpose should be to deliver an increased number of meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities for Service Leavers, veterans, and spouses and partners.

2019 SVC evaluation of status:

Implemented, but work should continue

2019 update provided by the Scottish Government:

The pilot has recently gone live with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions delivered to Resettlement Officers/CTP and SDS staff, and a handshake card produced and issued to pilot bases for Resettlement Officers to issue at their briefs. They cover the service offer from SDS at transition and seek referral, for which there is a process in place. The pilot is being promoted via base digital platforms and other forums e.g. Hives. There has been 12 referrals since pilot launch to April 2019. Meetings have taken place with Training Education Skills & Resettlement (the MOD in Whitehall) regarding early service leavers and the development of a Scottish Transition page is underway with CTP, Veterans Scotland and Transition SO2 for those transitioning in Scotland.

2020 SVC evaluation of status:

Implemented, but work should continue

2020 update provided by the Scottish Government:

This is an important pilot which has the potential to identify the value accrued when statutory services provide information, advice and guidance for those due to leave the Services and their families. As of 19 August 2020, 31 clients have accessed the Inverness & Elgin centres. In addition, a further five spouses/partners have engaged with SDS services in this area. The ambition from the pilot of partnership working is that this service offer be rolled out across Scotland.  This was agreed at a meeting with MOD, Scottish Government and SDS in October 2019.  Following COVID-related disruption, Scottish Government and SDS are now re-engaging with MOD with a view to SDS engaging with Individual Education and Resettlement Officers (IEROS) and others (including CTP) to progress this process towards business as usual.

2021 SVC evaluation of status:

Fully implemented

2021 update provided by the Scottish Government:

Activity continues in the North area with a number of transitioning Armed Forces personnel (10) having had an appointment with a Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Careers Adviser from either Inverness or Elgin centres between September 2020 and 2021. SDS continues to work with the wider Armed Forces Community in the area e.g., military children in schools etc. In addition, work continues with MOD/TESRR/CTP to formalise arrangements via a memorandum of understanding to progress the partnership and raise awareness of and access to impartial careers advice and guidance, as an option to those in transition prior to CTP’s programme. SDS is working closely with DWP colleagues and has a joint Champions event in November 2021.

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