Employability and sanctions


About the Inquiry

The Committee agreed to hold a mini inquiry on employability programmes including sanctions.


The Committee held an oral evidence session on 26 January 2017. A second oral evidence session with the Minister for Employability and Training was held on 2 February 2017.


On 26 January 2017 the Comittee took evidence from:

  • Rachel Stewart, Senior Public Affairs Officer, Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH);
  • Dr Sally Witcher, Chief Executive Officer, Inclusion Scotland;
  • Tommy McDade, Assistant Director of Employment, Training and Skills, Barnardo's Scotland on behalf of the Young Person’s Consortium;
  • Marion Davis, Senior Manager, One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS);
  • Rhiannon Sims, Policy Officer, Citizens Advice Scotland;
  • Pamela Smith, People Group Chair, Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development (SLAED).

Read the meeting papers and the Official Report

On 2 February 2017 the Comittee took evidence from

  • Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Employability and Training;
  • Michael McElhinney, Employability Programme Lead;
  • Julie Bilotti, Policy Manager, Employability Policy Team, Scottish Government.

Read the meeting papers and the Official Report