IntoWork17 blog: A critical point for devolution of employment support in Scotland

6th July 2017

By Michael McElhinney, Head of Employability programme – Scottish Government.

In Scotland we are using devolved powers to deliver employment support that meets the policy aims of Scottish Ministers, deliver more co-ordinated and aligned employment support services, and redefine the Scottish Government’s relationship with its partners, including DWP JobCentre Plus.

This is a critical point for devolution of employment support. An important and exciting time. Scottish Ministers are taking the opportunity of devolution to make employment services work differently and more effectively for the people of Scotland. Devolution of employability powers is an opportunity to create a fairer, more prosperous Scotland and an opportunity to improve people’s lives.

From its person-centred approach, to its voluntary nature, it is clear that our 2018 Fair Start Scotland is a response to our extensive consultation. From listening to the views of those who need to use employability support to find work, and to stay in work – Scottish Government is working to make our employment programmes not about claimants, customers or cohorts – but about people. People who deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and fairness, and who deserve to achieve their potential.