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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01280: Andy Wightman (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 7 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what role it anticipates not-for-profit and social enterprise service providers having in the delivery of its employability programmes.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 1 August 2016


In March 2016, we published “A New Future for Employability Support in Scotland” which sets out our vision and principles for the delivery of employability programmes that are devolved to Scotland. Our commitment to work with partners, supporting the development of partnership and collaborative approaches to the delivery of devolved employability programmes, means that social enterprises and others will have the opportunity to engage and bid to deliver these services either as part of supply chains or consortia. This will be actively encouraged to help ensure better local integration and alignment and will help enable social enterprises to feature in the future service delivery landscape.

The Scottish Government is aware that social enterprises, the third sector, SME business and other partners make a significant contribution to their communities and the economy by supporting people into work – either as employers in their own right or as providers of employment support and training.