Employability and Skills Scotland 2018

  12/09/2018 10:00   Event ID :10284

Employment and opportunity: collaborating for success  

With a revised National Performance Framework in development, the Scottish Government is setting a clear, unified vision for Scotland, detailing how their actions will improve the quality of life for the people of Scotland. With a strong alignment to the Scotland’s economic strategy, ‘whole-system experiencing’ is coming of age as integration and alignment is embedded at every opportunity.

The bigger picture is becoming clearer as ‘joined up’ government has some real meaning but where is the individual, participants as much as staff, in all this? What assurances do we have that service delivery changes is working for those who need it most? How much are we prepared to share resources and learning to make Scotland fairer?

2018 has already seen the Scottish Government’s Labour Market Strategy progress with the launch of the new devolved employment support service – Fair Start Scotland, a Disability and Employment Congress and a review of the employability landscape in the offing. This year’s convention will hear from the Minister for Employability & Training, Jamie Hepburn MSP, talk about the approach which the Scottish Government is taking to develop employability and skills in Scotland.

With proposals to halve the disability employment gap, early findings about the Single Gateway pilots and a focus on implementing the 15-24 Learner Journey Review, there is just so much happening. Come to Employability and Skills Scotland to keep abreast of this fast-moving scene!

Join us to hear the latest news about employability and skills in Scotland, a ministerial address from Jamie Hepburn MSP, updates from senior government officials and a host of expert speakers.

Be a Sponsor and Exhibitors

Align your organistion with key stakeholders and policy makers and profile your work by sponsoring or exhibiting at this event. Contact Mintra Sadler.

Early rates available until 14 August.

Call for workshops

The closing date for applications is 17:00, Friday 27 July, 2018.

READ THESE GUIDELINES BEFORE COMPLETING YOUR SUBMISSION

These sessions can be about best practice, innovation or policy and should present new information and give time for questions and comments. They can carry a particular argument and provoke debate.

Submit your workshop proposal here.

Information for proposals

Please submit proposals online by Friday 27 July, 2018. We will review all proposals with the conference partners by Friday 1 August and let you the outcome as soon as possible.

Breakout sessions should last 45 minutes including questions.

What we are looking for?

All sessions should aim to make sense of systems, services and achieving outcomes for disadvantaged people:

Research        Evidence and intelligence on what works.

Influence        Who, why, what and how do we influence and challenge policies and systems?

Change            Act and Reflect. How to do it and was it worth it? How innovation can bring change?

Only exceptional sessions will be accepted so please think carefully about:

  • Your title – should be snappy and interesting – think about news headlines – does it grab the audience?
  • Your session summary in up to 100 words – this is not much to describe how excellent a session is but that’s the space you will have on the programme to provide your description. Make every word count and consider what people will gain from choosing your session over nine others competing in the same slot.
  • Your co-speaker(s) – one or two speakers will normally do! Who did you partner with will show your reach, influence and successful collaboration.

Attending the Convention

If your proposal is accepted you will be eligible for 1 free place to the entire Convention. Further speakers (if attending the whole day) will receive a 50% discounted rate on the Convention fee. However, we do make a ‘session only’ free registration available to speakers, but please note this means your access to the convention is restricted to just your session only. Those that are unsuccessful will be able to register at the early booking rate.

Learning and Work Institute will select those which highlight innovative practices and those which stimulate new thinking in delivering employment services.

Applications can include case studies or policy updates, but must present current information from this year.

Resources

We will contact presenters to finalise arrangements such as room layout and resources required. Please note that we will make materials from the breakout sessions available to participants online and/or in electronic formats wherever possible. Presenters should provide any printed materials or photocopies needed for breakout sessions.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Learning

Our Convention strands:

All sessions will aim to make sense of systems, services and achieving outcomes for disadvantaged people:

Research        Evidence and intelligence on what works.

Influence        Who, why, what and how do we influence and challenge policies and systems?

Change            Act and Reflect. How to do it and was it worth it? How innovation can bring change?

Why should you attend:

  • Access to in-depth expert overviews, policy discussions and case studies of innovative practice throughout Scotland.
  • Be part of the debate with everyone involved in improving the employability and skills offer of local people.
  • A place to network and forge new partnerships across employability, skills and welfare.

Audience

Who should attend?

Everyone involved in delivering employment support and skills programmes – lead contractors, partners and organisations in their supply chain; policy officials from the Scottish Government, Department for Work and Pensions, Councils and their strategic and operational partners; employers and trade unions; higher and further education teaching and research; third sector, voluntary and community sector organisations; social enterprises; housing associations; diversity and welfare rights advocates; and health and social care partnerships.

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