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Apprenticeship Levy consultation

Thanks to everyone for the feedback provided to our survey on the Modern Apprenticeship programme, we used your answers to compose a response to SG submitted on behalf of Employability SEN and Social Firms Scotland members.

Broadly speaking the response called for a flexible SE fund to build capacity to deliver MAs.  It highlighted the huge potential for SE within the MA programme which is not being fully realised, particularly in focusing on people furthest from the labour market (currently under represented in the programme).  We also called for a 'shared' or collaborative MA where the outcome is focused on the individual.

Read the full response here

We attended a session on MA hosted by TSEF  last week - here are Skills Development Scotland's presentation slides from the event.
Employability SEN - one year on
More bedtime reading!

One year on from the inaugural
Employability SEN meeting, there are now over 130 members!

Take a look at this
short report which reflects on the development of the SEN, activity and progress to date.
Community Learning Exchange open
A reminder about the Community Learning Exchange (CLE) through Scottish Community Alliance (SCA).

The CLE is open to the networks that comprise the membership of SCA which includes SFS/Employability SEN members.  The CLE will fund Community to Community Visits; Stakeholder Learning Journeys; and ongoing support.
It’s a straightforward application so for more information please contact Jayne
TSEF - recruitment
TSEF are recruiting a Support and Development Officer to support the work of the Executive and Chair and develop the workplan of the Forum.
A secondment opportunity for someone currently working within an employability-focused organisation, based within your own organisation and assigned to the work of TSEF for a maximum of 350 hours in total until the end of March 2017. Any location within Scotland considered.
SDP training programme
The Supplier Development Programme has launched their new programme of free training events for 2016/17.

Covering key procurement topics, courses are held across Scotland at Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels (with all workshops also delivered online).  The new programme will take into account changes introduced by the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, such as Understanding Community Benefits and Sustainability
What procurement support do you need?
APUC Ltd (Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges) is looking to work with SMEs, Supported Businesses and Third Sector organisations to assist them take part in the bidding process within the Higher and Further Education sector.

To identify the type of help and training they could provide, it has prepared a
short survey which only takes a few minutes to complete.
Do you support people with convictions into work?
Work is ongoing to develop an Employer Support Network (ESN) for those recruiting or interested in recruiting people with convictions. 

As part of this, they wish to compile a comprehensive list of TSOs supporting people with convictions, alongside identifying existing or potential case studies to illustrate successes.

If you are directly involved in supporting people with convictions into work, please complete this very brief survey and return to Jeanette Hagerstrom.
Just Enterprise
Just Enterprise have announced their new programme of business development workshops for autumn/winter 2016/17Sponsored by Scottish Government, all workshops are FREE to attend.

What previous delegates have said

“Amazing workshop!!! Full of valuable knowledge with great examples”
 “Completely enthused to refine and develop my current practice – can’t wait to get started!”
Writing for the Web

"The training was superb - pitched at the right level, clear,informative. Excellent trainers and they knew their stuff"
Finance for Practitioners
Employability Tender Opportunities

Employability Services in Inverclyde (Inverclyde Council)
Inverclyde Council are inviting Tenders for the service provision of one Lot or more than one Lot.  This Invitation to Tender contains the details of three Service Specifications:-
Lot 1: An End-to-End Employability Service.
Lot 2: Specialist Service Addressing Health Barriers to Employment.
Lot 3: Specialist Service Providing Employment Advice, Advocacy and Guidance

Deadline 12.00, 6th September 2016

Prior Information Notice (PIN) - Framework for the provision of Employability Support Services (South Lanarkshire Council)
The Council are seeking suitably qualified and experienced providers to deliver employability services within the industry recognised 5 stage employability pipeline.

Prior Information Notice (PIN) - Employability Support Service for young people aged 16+ with complex needs. (Edinburgh City Council)
The City of Edinburgh Council is working towards commissioning an Employability Support Service for young people aged 16+ with complex needs. A number of co-production workshops have taken place with key stakeholders including service users and service providers to help shape and design the future service offer.


The biennial report from Ready for Business presents the results of the third survey of public sector commissioners and procurement staff in Scotland.  It focuses on sustainable procurement and support for an Enterprising Third Sector converge; in particular, the awareness and use of Community Benefits in Procurement Clauses in procurement and Public Social Partnerships

Main findings include – increased awareness of procurement reform; far greater understanding of what the third sector can bring to service delivery; CBC’s now better known, used and viewed as helpful; and a high level of awareness of the PSP approach.

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