Our Employability team review activities over 2018 for our annual report.
In 2018, thirteen projects were already operating across eighteen local authority areas funded by the Scottish Government Employability Innovation and Integration Fund. The ALLIANCE employability project began the year linking into these projects, working with them to design a human rights methodology to employability and to utilise a self management approach. Learning from these projects continues to be shared and the ALLIANCE offers unlimited support as these new local approaches joining up health and social care, justice and housing services cross over many strands of the ALLIANCE’s work.
In June, we collected the stories of people who successfully self manage their long term condition and shared their experiences of self management being paramount in the success of their employability journey. These case studies were shared across the ALLIANCE social media in relation to Employability Day 2018 #EmpDay18. Nearly seven hundred organisations took part in the day, including eight Government Ministers and Shadow Ministers: the Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, the Minister for Employment, the Minister for Disabled People, the Minister for Family Support, the Minister for Housing, the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and the Scottish Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills. The hashtag #EmpDay18 trended in the top five all day across the UK.
The ALLIANCE also hosted a consultation event in partnership with The Poverty Alliance and SUSE and submitted a response to Scottish Government in relation to the number of disabled people employed in the public sector and continue to work alongside partners and stakeholders as this work develops.
In October the ALLIANCE employability project hosted a Self Management and Employability Event in partnership with DWP Community Partners. Over seventy people signed up for the event in Glasgow which included workshops on CRT and peer support. Feedback from the event has been very positive and continues to support the ALLIANCE in this strand of work. We have also delivered a Self Management Reflective Practice Session to Remploy staff and have been asked to deliver another two sessions in Dundee and Lanarkshire.