The Scottish Government, Local Authorities and Skills Development Scotland should consider options for targeting the Employability Fund, and future employability services, at Service Leavers.
2019 SVC evaluation of status:
2019 update provided by the Scottish Government:
The Scottish Government’s Employability Fund aims to help people develop the skills they need to secure a job, or progress to more advanced forms of training. Skills Development Scotland is working with key partners, including the Scottish Government Strategic Working Group, to raise awareness of Skills Development Scotland’s offer to veterans and their families.
2020 SVC evaluation of status:
Implemented, but work should continue
2020 update provided by the Scottish Government:
Unemployed veterans and Early Service Leavers have always been eligible for support through the Employability Fund after 13 weeks of unemployment, and there are a wide range of circumstances where they would be eligible for immediate entry.
No One Left Behind offers flexible, person-centred employability support to those who are furthest from the labour market, helping them to progress through the Employability Pipeline towards obtaining sustainable work. There is no timescale for eligibility therefore unemployed veterans would be eligible from day one. Skills Development Scotland is working with key partners to raise awareness of its offer to veterans and their families.