Employability, Skills and Learning Progress – Recommendation 6

Work placement scheme

The Scottish Government should work with employers – both small and large – to find ways of offering more placements to Service Leavers, veterans, spouses and partners. This should be in addition to those offered by Career Transition Partnership.

2019 SVC evaluation of status:

Not implemented

2019 update provided by the Scottish Government:

Some initial guidance was given on work placements through the Capitalising on Military Talent toolkit that the Scottish Government developed and launched with Business in the Community (BITC) in early 2017. There is potential to take forward work to look at work placements through an employer’s network, although this has not yet been established. This will be considered further by the VESG group.  SDS have agreed that “Certificate of Work Readiness” may also be helpful for very early service leavers but less relevant for the older age group. It can be signposted from Apprenticeships.scot.

2020 SVC evaluation of status:

Partially implemented

2020 update provided by the Scottish Government:

The refreshed VESG will consider the suitability and value in taking forward work placements through an employer’s network. Additionally, the SDS “Certificate of Work Readiness” qualification may also be helpful for very early Service Leavers but less relevant for the older age group. It can be signposted from Apprenticeships.scot.

In addition, the Scottish Government has, throughout 2020, been working with Officer’s Association Scotland to provide Fixed Term Appointments within Scottish Government primarily, initially, within the Health & Social Care Directorate to support COVID-19 priorities.

The Scottish Government is offering work placements and Fixed Term Appointments (FTA) to veterans through the Going Forward Into Employment (GFIE) programme. We are working with the Career Transition Partnership to identify suitable candidates and the initiative will give us the opportunity to take on Service leavers and veterans through short placements and FTA which could subsequently be converted to permanent. The initiative is sponsored by the Chief Executive of the Civil Service Commission and veterans are one of a number of categories of people covered by the scheme, which is intended to help them overcome potential barriers in securing employment. Some initial guidance was given on work placements through the Capitalising on Military Talent toolkit that the Scottish Government developed and launched with Business in the Community (BITC) in early 2017. The Scottish and Welsh Governments jointly funded a refresh of the toolkit in 2020 to include information for employers on the benefits of employing military spouses/partners and how to do so.  This will be formally launched in late 2020.


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