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Employability and training minister Jamie Hepburn has visited Third Sector Hebrides in Stornoway to see how they are helping people get back to work.


Mr Hepburn saw their delivery of the Work Able Scotland programme which it is helping people with health conditions to overcome barriers and find a suitable job.


The scheme uses an innovative assessment tool to identify a person’s strengths and weaknesses in preparation for a tailored package of support.


It aims to enhance people’s skills, build confidence and improve motivation as people look for work. Delivery organisations like Third Sector Hebrides then work with employers to find suitable opportunities.


Jamie Hepburn said: “We have taken a fairer approach to employment support by removing the threat of sanctions and delivering services that are more flexible, tailored and responsive to people’s needs.


“It’s important to visit projects like Third Sector Hebrides so I can listen to people using our services and staff members to understand how the support is working, which will help the design and delivery of our future programmes.”


Minister visits Hebridean employment programme

24 August 2017