Both Scottish and Local Government are committed to the shared ambition of No One Left Behind, to deliver a Scottish approach to employability that focuses on the needs of the individual first and foremost. A person-centred approach that is more flexible and responsive to the changing labour market, tackles inequalities and grows Scotland's economy is needed now more than ever to shape a collective economic and wellbeing response.

The expectation of increasing levels of unemployment, underemployment and child poverty as a result of major challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic and recovery and the cost of living crisis has far reaching consequences.

In addition, tackling child poverty is one of several overarching priorities and fair, sustainable work is central to improving the lives of families. These factors, combined with a recognition that many of those further away from jobs will now face additional challenges in the labour market has introduced further impetus.

The employability response to the challenges must address the needs of individuals of all ages and circumstances, and needs to build on the well-established services managed by Scottish and Local Government and others across the Scottish employability landscape.

No One Left Behind: delivery plan - (

The Scottish Government has allocated funding to West Dunbartonshire Council to support local residents who meet the relevant eligibility criteria included in the No One Left Behind Strategic funding streams:

  • No One Left Behind
  • Parental Employability Support Fund
  • Young Persons Guarantee

Scotland’s Approach to Service Design recognises that meeting the needs of people who face the barriers identified by each of these funding streams can be done most effectively when public, private and third sector organisations work together in partnership.

The main aim of the Scottish Government No One Left Behind strategy is to support local residents to access services that support them to achieve their employment goals through a person centred approach.

West Dunbartonshire Council is keen to work with organisations that can deliver innovative employability services for local people that aim to support participants in their journey into sustained employment.  The Council aims are to work together, building on local insight and knowledge, aligning with long term strategic plans for local growth, targeting people most in need, investing in skills and supporting people on their employability journey.

Projects must deliver activity that is line with Scottish and Local Government shared ambition of No One Left Behind.

West Dunbartonshire Council anticipates supporting a range of projects. 

As 100% of the funding available through No One Left Behind is revenue funding and only available in December 2022 to March 2023, projects should be exclusively revenue based. Projects that focus on capital activity will not be supported.

In selecting the bids West Dunbartonshire Council will prioritise those that have the greatest potential to deliver against local priorities and growth.

Consideration should be given to specific client groups who, for whatever reason, may face challenges in securing access to training and employment opportunities and development services.

Proposals around employability and training should be aware of the current labour market in West Dunbartonshire and ensure that proposed activity is complementary to potential opportunities.

Proposals are sought that recognise the challenges and take into account the need for economic renewal required as a result of the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the cost of living crisis.

Limited connectivity and digital skills have contributed to the challenges facing people seeking and staying in work. This is likely to remain a challenge as we approach COVID-19 recovery. As such we encourage applicants to consider how these challenges can be overcome within the context of the activity they are proposing.

Projects should benefit the residents of West Dunbartonshire Local Authority Area and aligned to the below activity;

  • Stage 1 and 2 Engagement, Assessment and Registration
  • Stage 3 Vocational Training and Qualifications
  • Stage 4 Employment and Advice Hubs

The West Dunbartonshire Employability Grant Programme aims to support: unemployed people to move towards and into work; and employed parents to improve their labour market situation. It is a new initiative which recognises that to help local people to develop the skills and confidence employers are looking for we all need to work together at a local level to provide the best possible services to those who need them most.

The national funding for employability is expected to change significantly in the next year with the Scottish Government (and possibly also the UK Government) choosing to distribute funding at a more local level and through a local strategic employability partnership. The Strategic Employability Group will decide on the local priorities and areas for action but will also ensure that local employability providers continue to have the opportunity to access funding for services through a co-commissioned process. The key Scottish Government policy framework for this approach is called No One Left Behind and this will guide the future direction and delivery of employability services in the years to come.

This guidance document, and the associated grant application form, outlines the West Dunbartonshire Strategic Employability Group intentions, principles and priorities to be met through the new West Dunbartonshire Employability Grant Programme supporting employability and skills provision in 2022 and 2023.

Grant Guidance

The closing date for applications is NOON Monday 19th December 2022.  Bids must be submitted using the appropriate No One Left Behind Grant Application Form:

Bids must be submitted to West Dunbartonshire Council using this email address:

Bids submitted in any other format will not be accepted.

West Dunbartonshire Council No One Left Behind Grant Award is a competitive process and West Dunbartonshire Council will not enter into discussions with bidders.

To find out more about No One Left Behind in West Dunbartonshire, the Call for Bids and how to apply, please register for this free Eventbrite, ZOOM webinar:

Date of Webinar:

  • Wednesday 7 December, 3pm – 4pm

Sign Up for participation here:

West Dunbartonshire Council No One Left Behind Grant Award is a competitive process and West Dunbartonshire Council will not enter into discussions with bidders.

For further information, please email:

We try to ensure that all the required information is provided in the grant guidance. However, below you will find some questions that have been asked that are not covered within the grant guidance document, with associated answers:

Question Answer

Can signatures be typed in on the application or do you require a hard signature then a scanned copy via email?

Please do not submit scanned copies of applications. Completed applications should be submitted as a word document attachment to an email.

Please sign your application using a digital signature.
Is there a cap on the financial award per organisation? The cap will be based on the overall funding available. Please refer to the West Dunbartonshire Employability Grant Guidance document on the WDC No One Left Behind (NOLB) webpage for further information about available funding.
Can an organisation bid for more than one stage?

Yes, however a separate application has to be submitted for each stage.

Are we allowed to pay participants a training allowance? Yes but this must be included in your costs.
Delivering two cohorts for the same programme but different dates in the funding period, for example a cohort of 15 starting on December 20th and then another cohort on February 1st.  Should we put one grant application in and provide two different start and end dates with the total number of participants and pricing related to two different group deliveries, or should we just put in two separate applications for the same course but different start dates? Two cohorts of the same programme can be included in the one application as long as the overall programme meets the grant delivery start/end date timescales within the grant guidance.
Can I submit a bid to deliver multiple qualifications in a variety of sectors? Yes, however a separate application has to be submitted for each application proposal.
Is there a cost to organisations for Advice Pro access, licenses and/or training? There will be no cost individual organisations.  Training and ongoing support will also be provided at no cost.