SDS are responding to the needs of employers and local labour markets.

Flexible funding that gives people the skills they need

We want to support unemployed people to move towards and into work. To do this, we need to help them develop the skills and confidence employers are looking for. But to reach those people, we need to work at a local level.

The Employability Fund supports services which have been developed to address the specific needs of local areas.

Delivered in partnership

SDS administers and manages the Employability Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government. It supports the Youth Employment Strategy by delivering up to 8,000 new opportunities across Scotland.

We do this by working with local employability partners, to maximise the resources that are available in their area and avoid duplicating existing employability services. By working closely with our partners, we make sure that the fund is aligned to local areas and maximises opportunities for individuals. Local training providers work with employers to understand their skills needs and help them find and train the right individuals.

Responding to local needs

With a strong focus on work experience, the Employability Fund lets us respond to the different needs of each individual, while also adapting to employer demands on a local basis.

Evidence of individual achievement and progression is important for everyone involved. The Fund can be used to support people to develop the employability and vocational skills they need to make the transition into a Modern Apprenticeship or job.