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TOPIC: More on the 2018 Scottish Employability Schemes

More on the 2018 Scottish Employability Schemes 23 Oct 2017 18:03 #4698

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Rolling out from next April in Scotland, the new Employability schemes will appear. They are VOLUNTARY, but in some cases (not in my area thankfully) could still be run by Working Links, Remploy etc....or local authority councils.
www.employabilityinscotland.com/devolved-employment-services/employment-support-2018/

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Payments by outcome? Ring any bells? Although these employability schemes sound more compassionate because they are aimed at long term unemployed, people with health problems and the disabled, I smell a rat. They could also be flexible which is a bonus, but I wonder if these are the Scottish equivalent to the UK governments new Work & Health Programme? I`m not sure as I haven`t found anything to compare them, but if they are, then there may be a conflict of interest between both or people may find they are mandated to one and not given a choice? Something that needs clarity.
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More on the 2018 Scottish Employability Schemes 26 Oct 2017 00:05 #4720

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They are going to need extra volunteers to deal with the growing UC related issues around benefits and housing. With job centres closing as well there is going to be a shortfall. So for example you might end up on an employability scheme in a housing office working on the counter helping housing benefit claimants to keep getting your own benefits. That sounds like a Rory Bremner sketch.
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More on the 2018 Scottish Employability Schemes 16 Nov 2017 12:31 #4917

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I also wonder if there are going to be any `real changes` seen with these so called `employability` schemes because it seems they are still saying that people taking up these placements will still feel the wroth of conditional job search and although they say the word voluntary, that`s all very well but it`s not without it`s problems:

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So the only difference here being, if you `sign up` to one of these Scottish employability schemes, you won`t be sanctioned for not attending or not wanting to take part. But the same could be said for ANY voluntary work you decide to do. A work coach I seen last year confirmed that to me when I asked if I decided to leave one voluntary placement the job centre had asked me to do and then wanted to try something else, she said no, we can`t sanction you for giving up VOLUNTARY work!

I smell a rat although it`s fine that employability programmes can be good if you want to participate and gain some new skills or just want to attend because it`s something new, I don`t see the difference here between the programme and deciding to do other volunteering roles that you find off your own back. It would probably work best for people on ESA or limited capability for work under UC. But if you are a full conditionality participant on UC, then I wouldn`t bother as it states that you have to commit to at least 16 hours a week and given the 35 hour job search is enough to contend with, I doubt finding the time to fit these other hours in would be draining.
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