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Find out about redundancy support available to people and businesses in Scotland as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic including a national helpline for those in need immediately 

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Free redundancy support from Skills Development Scotland

PACE (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment) is the Scottish Government's national strategic partnership framework for responding to redundancy situations. Free support and advice is delivered through Skills Development Scotland to help minimise the impact for people and businesses facing redundancy.

Get support

Need more information about how PACE can help?

Call the helpline on 0800 917 8000 to speak to an adviser.

Individuals can learn more about support from PACE at My World of Work.

Check out the PACE toolkit for promoting PACE services and how to get involved.

​Employers can find out more about how PACE can support staff through the redundancy process at Our Skillsforce.​

Visit the Employability Skills page for more information on the support we provide for individuals to improve their work-based and employability skills.

The Young Person's Guarantee

The Young Person's Guarantee offers every 16-24 year old in Scotland the opportunity of a job, placement, training or volunteering position – based on their own goals and ambitions. For employers, get the support you need to build your future workforce.

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Recruitment, training and funding 

  • Updated 05 August: Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021. From 1 July 2021, the government will pay 70% of wages up to a maximum cap of £2,187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough.

    From 1 August 2021, the government will pay 60% of wages up to a maximum cap of £1,875 for the hours the employee is on furlough.

  • 15 March: Support for recruiting and training employees If you are 25 and over and are facing redundancy or are unemployed, you can get training for industry recognised qualifications. The National Transition Training Fund will help you train in areas of expected growth such as sustainable green jobs.
  • 01 February: Flexible Workforce Development Fund Scottish SMEs can benefit from up to £5000 of online training to upskill and reskill their workforce through a new programme launched by The Open University in Scotland. Businesses are advised to make an application as soon as possible, as access to the fund will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Training contract will be agreed by July 2021 and will be delivered by March 2022.
  • 13 October: Funding increase for businesses through Adopt an Apprentice Payments for employers recruiting apprentices who have lost their jobs is being increased from £2,000 to £5,000 through the Scottish Government’s Adopt an Apprentice programme.  
  • 06 July 2020: Selling or closing your business - the basics Business Gateway’s guide to selling or closing your business explains business owners’ obligations before walking away. The free online guide covers aspects such as finalising your taxes, making employee transfers or redundancies, and who to notify of your plans. It offers guidance whether you are a sole trader, partnership or limited company.
  • 29 June 2020: Major changes to insolvency law come into force The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act has received Royal Assent and came into force on 26 June 2020. The Act is the largest change to the UK’s corporate insolvency regime in more than 20 years. It introduces new corporate restructuring tools and temporary easements to give distressed businesses the breathing space they need to get advice and seek a rescue.
  • 30 July 2020: New law to ensure furloughed employees receive full redundancy payments The UK Government brings in law to ensure furloughed employees receive statutory redundancy pay based on their normal wages, rather than a reduced furlough rate.



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