Recovery Advice for Business Scheme

CIPD Scotland has partnered with Enterprise Nation, Scottish Enterprise, Business Gateway and other professional bodies to deliver a free advice service to help small businesses bounce back from coronavirus.

The Recovery Advice for Business Scheme gives small firms access to free, one-to-one advice with an expert adviser o help them through the coronavirus pandemic and to prepare for long-term recovery.

Advice offered includes targeted, specialist assistance from HR, accounting, and legal professionals to help businesses adapt to difficult circumstances and bounce back as the Scottish economy recovers.

The pandemic has meant that many small businesses are facing an uncertain future. This scheme is a great opportunity for CIPD members in Scotland who are independent HR consultants to provide invaluable advice and support to small businesses as they begin to recover from the impact of COVID-19.

Many small businesses are struggling to navigate a whole range of people issues which our members are well placed to support and advise on as we enter the post-COVID recovery phase.

A Fair Flexible Work Programme for Scotland

As part of the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2020, flexible working experts Timewise are developing a fair, flexible work programme for Scotland, and CIPD Scotland is partnering with them to deliver this programme through a series of webinars and training ‘Change Agents’ to support organisations to create flexible jobs in their organisations.

Disability Employment Gap Public Social Partnership

The Disability Employment Gap Public Social Partnership (PSP) was established by the Scottish Government to contribute to reducing the Disability Employment Gap in Scotland.

The PSP has responsibility for developing, testing and implementing solutions to barriers employers are facing in hiring and retaining disabled people. Currently, 1 in 5 working-age people in Scotland are disabled, the employment rate of disabled people in Scotland currently stands at 45.4%, compared to 81.2% for non-disabled people representing a disability employment gap of 35.8 percentage points.

The overall national ambition is to at least halve the Disability Employment Gap by 2038.

CIPD in Scotland is a key partner to the PSP.

Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board

The Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board (SAAB) is responsible for providing advice and making recommendations on the guiding principles, operational policy, systems and structures supporting apprenticeships in Scotland.

It is led by employers and representatives from industry bodies across a range of sectors and provides employer leadership and contribution to the development of apprenticeships in Scotland. CIPD is one of the key representatives on the SAAB employer group representing the people profession.

Age at Work Network

The Age at Work Network in Scotland brings together organisations who are seeking to create more age inclusive workplaces, share good practice, develop new thinking in the area of age inclusion in the workplace, raise the profile of age inclusion in the workplace and link practical experience and academic research on age inclusion. As a partner organisation, CIPD in Scotland plays a key role in promoting age inclusion in the workplace and taking research and insight out to our members.

Partnership Action for Continuing Employment

PACE (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment) is the Scottish Government’s initiative dedicated to helping individuals and employers with the advice and support they need when faced with redundancy. Their work is of huge importance, especially in the current context of the COVID-19 economic crisis. As a partner, the CIPD supports PACE through our network of 11,000 people professionals spread across the public, private and third sectors and across businesses of all sizes.