Redundancy support for employees and employers

Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) is a Scottish Government redundancy initiative, designed to provide tailored help and support for companies and support individuals at risk of, or experiencing, redundancy.

The Scottish Borders PACE partnership is co-ordinated by the Skills Development Scotland team based in Galashiels to ensure a local Borders response team is available to support those affected.

Support for individuals facing redundancy or recently unemployed:

If you are facing redundancy or are newly unemployed, PACE can provide the support and guidance necessary to get you back into work as quickly as possible.

You may have questions to ask about the redundancy situation you find yourself facing. Now might also be the time to explore career options that you've previously been too busy or occupied to investigate. Skills Development Scotland can direct you to a number of organisations that can help you to work out what's next after redundancy.

For free, confidential and impartial advice on all employment rights issues, you can contact the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS). You can call the ACAS helpline for guidance on 0845 747 4747 from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Redundancy support for employers

If your business is facing difficult times, a local Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) adviser can provide redundancy support to you and your company.

They can help you to manage the situation and try to lessen the negative impact of making redundancies. PACE can even help you examine alternatives to redundancy such as adopting or safeguarding an apprentice.

If redundancies are inevitable, your local PACE adviser can help those at risk of losing their jobs to find new work. They will work closely with Jobcentre Plus and a range of other national and local partners to help those affected by redundancy secure new employment.

Phone the free redundancy helpline on 0808 100 1855 if you’d like a PACE adviser to call you back or visit the Skills Development Scotland website for details.