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Employment Support 2017

Scotland's Devolved Employment Services

In one of the first exercises of devolved powers under the 2016 Scotland Act, the Scottish
Government will deliver new employment support services from April 2017. The full devolved powers under the 2016 Scotland Act, will deliver an employment support from April 2018.

Work First Scotland (WFS) and Work Able Scotland (WAS) will provide transitional arrangements from April 2017 by providing up to 12 months of support, helping up to 4,800 people with health conditions and disabilities into work. The full devolved service, Fair Start Scotland, launched  in April 2018. Fair Start Scotland (FSS) will support a minimum of 38,000 referrals over three years. 

Scotland's new devolved employment services are distinctive in that they are entirely voluntary, meaning that people may participate without the threat of sanctions.

The Scottish Government's employment support services will be tailored to local needs and
issues and fairer and simpler for people to access.

See this news release for further information.

Keep up to date with our progress by following @EmployinScot on Twitter, and get involved using #FairStartScotland

We know that building a more competitive economy and a fairer society go hand in hand.
Employability services can make a significant contribution to this agenda so it is right that we now take a fresh look at employment services in Scotland. This is our chance to put the support in place for people the length and breadth of Scotland to help people make the most of their skills and potential.


Work First Scotland

Work First Scotland (WFS) will provide high quality employment support for up to 3,300 customers with a disability in Scotland, who want and need help to enter and remain in the labour market. 

The WFS service will meet the needs of people with disabilities who may need more specialised support to find employment or keep a job once they have started work. Participation on WFS is voluntary, it is tailored to individual needs and will provide a coherent range of specialist support which responds flexibly and effectively to the needs of disabled people and their employers.

The Scottish Government have awarded contracts for WFS to the Providers listed below:

Name of Contract Area for 2017  Provider 
Highlands, Islands, Clyde Coast and Grampian  Momentum Scotland  
Forth Valley, Fife and Tayside Remploy & Shaw Trust    
Glasgow, Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire Remploy & Shaw Trust 
Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders, Dumfries, Galloway and Inverclyde   Remploy & Shaw Trust 


Work Able Scotland

Work Able Scotland (WAS) will support up to 1,500 starts for eligible customers with
a health condition who want to enter work.

If you want to know if you may be eligible please see the WAS Information Leaflet.

The support on offer will be characterised by a holistic approach to individuals' needs, built on a supportive coaching relationship with a dedicated case manager and coordinated access to skills and health support for each customer. Participation on WAS is voluntary and the service will provide support for up to 12 months for eligible individuals. 

Skills Development Scotland have awarded contracts for WAS delivery on behalf of the Scottish Government as follows:

Name of Contract Area for 2017 Provider
Highlands, Islands, Clyde Coast and Grampian

Progress Scotland

(Consortium of The Lennox Partnership & Working Links)

Forth Valley, Fife and Tayside The Wise Group
Glasgow, Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire The Wise Group

Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders, Dumfries, Galloway and Inverclyde