Employment Support Scotland


ERSA in Scotland
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Employment Support Scotland exists to support providers, regardless of sector, size or specialism, an equal voice in Scotland. It is vital that the experts in employment provision in Scotland are able to help shape the design of future programmes, to ensure that the best possible services can be delivered to jobseekers and there is value for money for the taxpayer.  The Employment Support Scotland Network believes there is a huge opportunity to commission more integrated services which bring together health, employment and skills in Scotland and is working towards this overall aim.

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   Email anna.robin@ersa.org.uk today. 
Scotland’s Future Employment Services Advisory Group 

The Scottish Government is working to take forward the Smith Commission agreement that employment support programmes currently contracted by DWP be devolved on expiry of their current commercial arrangements including the contracts to deliver the Work Programme and Work Choice and we are working to deliver these in Scotland from 1 April 2017.

A partnership Advisory Group has been formed to help Government take this work forward. The Group will play a critical role in shaping future employment support services in Scotland. The Group will champion a partnership approach to future developments, supporting the Scottish Governments public consultation by promoting dialogue between users of employment services, service providers, employers, local partnerships, national agencies, the third sector and the Scottish Government.

Further details including the group membership and meeting notes can be found here

Previous meetings in 2016

1 June 2016

20 April 2016

24 February 2016

13 January 2016  

About ERSA

The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) is the representative body for the employment support sector which supports jobseekers to gain, sustain and progress in work. Our members span the private, public and voluntary sectors ranging from multinationals through to small specialist charities operating in their local communities.
Visit the full ERSA website at www.ersa.org.uk for more information.
Co - Chair | Kate Still, Director for Scotland, Rathbone UK
Kate joined Rathbone in 2012 to manage Rathbone’s activities in Scotland. Prior to this Kate was Director of Development and Delivery for The Wise Group, a social enterprise with headquarters in Glasgow. Kate’s expertise includes skills and employability, economic development, regeneration, sustainability and criminal justice.
She previously held a position  on the Board of ERSA. Kate is passionate about the work Rathbone does supporting young people to transform their lives.
Co - Chair | Laurie Russell, Chief Executive, The Wise Group
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Laurie Russell has been Chief Executive of the Wise Group since 2006. The Wise Group is a social enterprise established in 1983. It makes a positive difference to people, communities and society by helping customers gain new skills and employment, reducing re-offending, regenerating communities and tackling fuel poverty in Scotland and NE England.
Laurie was Chief Executive of Strathclyde European Partnership Ltd that managed the programmes of European funding for the economic and social regeneration of western Scotland from 1989 to 2006.  He was previously employed by Strathclyde Regional Council and led a community regeneration initiative in Clydebank in the early 1980s.  Laurie chaired the board of Social Enterprise Scotland for six years from 2007 to 2013.
Vice Chair | Grant Thoms, Head of Strategy & Policy - Scotland, Ingeus
Grant is a business development and public affairs professional having previously worked and served on the boards for trade associations in the renewable energy sector, co-operative, credit union, housing and local government. Grant was appointed to the Board of the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service in 2012 and is currently Honorary Treasurer of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.