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WAP 2 - Worklife Adaptability Partnerships

Partnership information


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The focus of this DP has been to pilot a variety of technology-based interventions in a number of settings in order to facilitate regeneration for communities, business growth for small and micro businesses, and skills development for individuals in a range of deprived areas.

There has been an emphasis on increasing the ability of small and micro businesses to survive and grow in the market through use of broadband and collaborative networking, and to promote flexible working to address retention issues, engagement of ethnic minorities and the third age sector 50+ to create sustainable economic advantage.


The overall aim of the programme is to develop a more inclusive Scottish Workplace, which will contribute to Social Justice and allow the SME base to operate more competitively by using new broadband infrastructures to encourage sustainable business economic growth, in rural and disadvantaged areas. 


  • promoting the project to SMEs as a business advantage
  • engaging with employers to integrate worklife balance into their ethos and thereby develop practices that combat horizontal and vertical segregation in the economy by allowing full engagement of groups who find it difficult due to rural locations, ethnic culture, disability, gender and age.
  • focusing on retention issues
  • operating in the context of the demographic time-bomb and developing good practice to combat anticipated labour and skill shortages
  • establishing collaborative networks with emerging clusters to create future sustainability


A ‘Smart Community’ is one that provides an advanced communication and information infrastructure that enables residents and organisations to make good and independent use of, and gain benefit from advanced telecommunications networks.

The  Building Smarter Communities programme has been concentrating on  these main activities using technological inteventions:

  1. Mini Mobile Learning Initiative coaches (Mini MOLIs)
  2. Productive Remote Learning
  3. Open Source software
  4. Mobile / wireless Technology
The DP has also been engaged in other activities:
  1. Working with BME communities
  2. Working with Older workers.
  3. Establishing the Connect project to create sustainable industry networks
  4. Establishing the Reach project to support staff development working closely with SMEs in socially disadvantaged areas in Scotland
Target Groups
  • Those find it hard to realise their full potential due to rurality, ethnic culture, disability, gender and age
  • SMEs
  • Third sector




Round 1 to Round 2

In Round One the DP successfully created a forum of key partners to address barriers facing both employers and employees. For Round Two this partnership has been extended to include a larger cross section of organisations and strategic partners including: Universities, FE Colleges, Enterprise Companies, Local Government, Economic Development Agencies, the Voluntary Sector and Strategic Organisations and will incorporate cross fertilisation of staff and resources from many of the Stakeholders. 

Many of the interventions implemented during the first round demonstrated a requirement from SMEs for a change in emphasis. Key reasons embedded in this feedback has been incorporated into the work plan of the DP.

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Leigh Berridge, Adam Smith College,


Action 2: 31 December 2007
Action 3: 31 December 2007

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Adaptability to work


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The Worklife Adaptability Partnership (WAP) is a group of 15 partners who are committed to and involved in projects that engage both employers and employees in challenging traditional workplace practices: projects that encourage innovation, thereby promoting equality in the workplace. It also offers an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to the way companies and people work in Scotland.


BME groups, Employed in large firms, Employed in SMEs, People from disadvantaged areas (top 10% most deprived wards), People over 50
Total beneficiaries: 5000

Intended impact/ sustainability

DP has direct access to policy makers and will have an impact on ICT usage and overcoming age barriers. Partnership working has been very successful and anticipates that technology will be used  in an innovative way, especially in education and in the provate sector.

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Pilot work with companies to make them more adaptable in relation in to ICT applications. Demonstrate how this influences actual profitability


Scottish exec have a field visit to examine work with partnership. Look at bimonthly meetings with them. Events hosted at Scottish parliament. Chancellor is chancellor of our college.

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