Outplacement services provide support to employees aimed at helping them secure employment outwith, or elsewhere within, the organisation. In addition they can provide information about setting up a business, accessing further education, claiming benefits and general financial advice. Fife Council wishes to ensure that employees facing potential redundancy are provided with support to enable them to leave the organisation feeling valued and better equipped to deal with the future.
Fife Council's approach is centred on the provision of services by PACE (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment) and online (employee self-service) support.
PACE (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment)
PACE is the Scottish Government's national strategic partnership framework for responding to redundancy situations. Skills Development Scotland (SDS) co-ordinates PACE at a national level and facilitates local level response teams providing tailored help and support for individuals at risk of, or experiencing, redundancy.
PACE offer a broad range of services to employees leaving through both voluntary and compulsory redundancy.
- Helpline 0800 971 8000
- Online www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/redundancy
- one-to-one counselling and advice on career development and opportunities
- seminars on job search skills such as CV-writing and interview technique
- specialist seminars such as benefits advice and starting up a business
- full Jobcentre Plus services
- access to IT facilities
- access to high quality training (e.g. IT skills)
- written support information
Online providers give easy access, 24/7 support to a range of tools which compliment PACE. These include:
- extensive job search engine
- online tutorials
- advice and guidance
- template documents e.g. CV, covering letter
- networking opportunities
- support beyond employees notice period
- accessible, easy to use and interactive support available 24/7
- and much more.
To access online support go to MyWorkSearch(free if you are registered as unemployed).
Employee Support Rollout
Services and managers will be asked to make employees aware of the support available to all affected employees in good time to allow them to make use of the services on offer. Employees should note that they will be signposted to the online pack at the appropriate time and will be encouraged to identify which services they wish to access as managers will use this information to timetable 1:1s, seminars and other services.
Where an employee has made a request via the NOI process of voluntary redundancy the details of how to access the online pack will be included in their termination letter.
A free employee counselling service is operated by timefortalking.co.uk and is available to all Fife Council employees via a management referral. The service is confidential and independent of Fife Council. If you wish to access this service, please contact your manager.
Money Advice Service
The Money Advice Service and The Consumer Financial Education Body (CFEB) provide information covering: managing your personal finances, financial planning & budgeting, borrowing – short and long term, insurance, saving & investing and planning for retirement.
Trade Union Support
Further advice and guidance is available from your Trade Union. For contact details see Working with the Trade Unions.
- Ensure that you and your colleagues with management responsibilities are aware of the outplacement support available to affected employees.
Plan to bring this support to the attention of affected employees at an appropriate time in the change process.
Feed back comments and experiences of you and your employees so that we can continually work to improve the support to ensure it meets employees’ needs.
For further information see the Th!nk site on FISH and FifeDirect.
For general information and advice contact the HR Direct Helpline on 2000 (internal) or 01592 583200 (external) between 8.30am and 5pm. You can also email HR.Direct@fife.gov.uk.
Setting up your Own Business
Business Gateway can offer information and start-up tools and advisers can provide information and advice on a one-to-one basis or talk to small groups.
Useful website Links:
- PACE www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/redundancy
- MyWorkSearch www.myworksearch.co.uk
- Timefortalking www.timefortalking.co.uk
- Money Advice Service https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en
- Consumer Financial Education Body www.Moneymadeclear.org.uk
- Business Gateway www.bgateway.com