Transition in Scotland Progress – Recommendation 11

Engage with employers

The Scottish Government should use its existing mechanisms for engaging with employers to promote the employment of, and work placements for, Service Leavers within its broader employability policy framework and delivery infrastructure. 

2019 SVC evaluation of status:

Implemented, but work should continue

2019 update provided by the Scottish Government:

In 2017 and in partnership with Business in the Community, the Scottish Government published “Capitalising on Military Talent”. That publication showcases best practice and offers practical advice to employers who may not already employ veterans. Work is also continuing through the Veterans Employability Strategic Group.

2020 SVC evaluation of status:

Implemented, but work should continue

2020 update provided by the Scottish Government:

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is Scotland’s skills agency and works alongside the Scottish Funding Council to ensure the skills needs of individuals and organisations in all sectors – public, private and the third sector – are met. A key element of that is its work with employers across Scotland, developing sector and regional level Skills Investment Plans and advising individual businesses on addressing skills gaps through Our Skillsforce.  A key part of SDS’ work with employers is to promote opportunities for those individuals or groups who may face disadvantage in the labour market including veterans. An example of this is the work with partners earlier this year to support veterans to train to address skills gaps in the nation’s cyber security workforce. Work is also continuing through the Veterans Employability Strategic Group, which is being refreshed in 2020 with new co-chairs, including a Private Sector Director.

In 2017 and in partnership with Business in the Community, the Scottish Government published Capitalising on Military Talent. This showcases best practice and offers practical advice to employers who may not already employ veterans. 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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