Employability, Skills and Learning Progress – Recommendation 18

Jobs within the Scottish Government

The Scottish Government to assess its current and future recruitment policies with a view to identifying opportunities to better target and support the veterans community in securing Scottish Government jobs. In doing so, it should consider Police Scotland’s approach of providing tailored information, personal support in completing applications, and advice in preparing for interviews. Mentoring from ex-Service personnel within the Civil Service is likely to play a crucial role.

2019 SVC evaluation of status:

Not implemented

2019 update provided by the Scottish Government:

The Scottish Government has been scoping a possible pilot work experience programme this year.  Although in the early stages, the Scottish Government hopes to be in a position to offer a work experience placement later this year to Service personnel as part of their transitional period.

2020 SVC evaluation of status:

Implemented, but work should continue

2020 update provided by the Scottish Government:

During July 2020, the Scottish Government participated in an online session for the Officers Association Scotland. This session highlighted the opportunities that existed, predominantly within Health and Social Care roles, but also in the wider Scottish Government.  More than 50 individuals signed up for the event which was recorded for those unable to attend.

The genesis of this session followed the successful deployment of a military planning team to the Scottish Government to support the health response to COVID-19. As of 2 October 2020, 19 expressions of interest for fixed term appointments have been received. Thus far, four have started in the Outbreak Management Directorate with a further three individuals starting shortly.  Six others are being discussed with offers likely to be made soon. Two others are being offered roles elsewhere within Scottish Government including a role within Education. Though the specific nature of these appointments will not permit conversion to permanent, this is another positive step in providing employment opportunities for veterans.


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