02 May 2024
Removing barriers to employability: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop
SURF and the Scottish Government work together to identify and highlight excellence and innovation in initiatives that address social and economic challenges in disadvantaged communities through the annual SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.
This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in the Glasgow Women’s Library, Bridgeton on 2nd May provides an opportunity to explore successful approaches towards tackling barriers to employment facing people in Scotland. The winner and highly commended projects from the ‘Employability’ category highlighted in the 2023 SURF Awards process, will provide comment on their experiences and transferable learning.
Workshop guests will firstly hear from a project representative from the ‘Employability’ category winner ABZWorks Employability Support. Working across Aberdeen, ABZWorks provide an employability support service for care experienced young people.
This will be followed by input from the ‘Employability’ highly commended All in Dundee. Led by Enable Works, the programme declutters employability services for the people looking to access support by bringing services together to work under one service.
Finally, guests will then hear from the ‘Employability’ highly commended Topgolf Recruitment. Supported by Clyde Gateway, working with the new Topgolf facility in Rutherglen, the programme supports people into employment and increases local job opportunities.
The event will close with presentations from the Institute of Employability Professionals and the Scottish Government’s Developing the Young Workforce Team providing detail on their current priorities towards supporting individuals and organisations to help people enter or return back into training and employment.
The SURF Awards ‘Removing Barriers to Employability’ judging panel team – comprising representatives of the Third Sector Employability Forum, The Larder and Scottish Enterprise – were particularly impressed by the commitment to engaging with those disconnected from employability services and the flexibility of adapting to meet the needs of each individual person.
This workshop will be delivered with support from the Institute of Employability Professionals.
10:00am Registration and networking
10:30am Welcome and Introduction: Euan Leitch, Chief Executive, SURF
10:35am Presentation, ABZWorks: Lori Leslie, Aberdeen City Council
10:50am Presentation, All in Dundee: Gemma Falconer, Enable Works
11:00am Presentation, Topgolf Recruitment: Niki Spence, Clyde Gateway
11:10am Questions and Comments with project representatives
11:25am Presentation, Institute of Employability Professionals: Helen Lee, IEP
11:35am Presentation, Developing the Young Workforce: TBC, Scottish Government
11:45am Open Discussion on National Policy
12:05pm Summary, Thanks and What’s Next: Euan Leitch and Emma Scott, Events, Information & Communications Manager, SURF
12:15pm Close and Networking Lunch
You can read more about the 2023 SURF Award projects in the SURF Awards Publication.
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