Fair Start Scotland
Newly devolved powers on employment
support will be exercised from April 2017. Following the 12 month
transitional services Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland,
the Scottish Government will introduce a new Scottish
employability service - Fair Start Scotland - from April 2018.
The key focus for the service will be
tailored and personalised support for all those
who participate. Key elements of the service are:
The Invitation to Tender for Fair
Start Scotland was issued on 8th March 2017. Contracts
are due to be awarded later in 2017.
2018 Contract Areas
During his appearance at the Social Security Committee on 2
February 2017, the Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie
Hepburn MSP announced that contracts worth up to £96 million will
be put out to tender to deliver Fair Start Scotland, Scotland's
full programme of employment services from 2018.
Mr Hepburn also confirmed that nine contract areas will deliver
employment support across Scotland in 2018, with one of the
contracts set to be reserved for a supported business. The
contracting process commenced in March 2017.
These contract package areas have been developed on the basis of
substantial stakeholder engagement, both through the 2015
consultation 'Creating a Fairer Scotland:Employability Support' and
a number of supplier engagement events in late 2016. The areas are
based on local authority boundaries, reflecting both local
authorities current contribution to employment support, and the
opportunities this presents for integration and alignment with
related services. We believe this approach creates a strong
foundation for delivery from 2018 and developing our approach in
future. We will of course monitor and review the effectiveness of
these structures in relation to both performance within the
devolved programme and emerging issues, such as City Deals in
For more information please see the related news
release or you may wish to refer to further information below
which you may find useful:
||Local Authority Area
||North and South Lanarkshire
||Angus, Dundee City and Perth and
|4. Forth Valley
||Falkirk, Stirling and
||City of Edinburgh, East Lothian,
Midlothian, Scottish Borders, West Lothian, Fife
|North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, East
Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway
|Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire
|8. Highlands and Islands
||Argyll and Bute, Eilean Siar,
Highland, Moray, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands
||East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, East
Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde
Please see our
2018 Contract Area FAQ for further information.
2018 Reserved Contract Area
In February 2017, Minister for Employability and Training,
Jamie Hepburn MSP, announced that in procuring for Fair Start
Scotland, one service delivery area would be reserved for supported
businesses. This decision is in line with Regulation 21 of the
Public Contracts Scotland Regulations (2015).
The Minister also announced that the area to be reserved will be
the West delivery area which encompasses East and West
Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire.
In determining the most suitable area, Scottish Ministers have
taken account of the current geographical footprint of supported
businesses, and the views of stakeholders and supported businesses
themselves. It was important to select an area large enough to test
this model of delivery while supporting procurement of the 2018
service more broadly.
The Scottish Government held a Tenderers
Briefing event with supported businesses in the reserved area
in March 2017 following the publication of the Invitation To Tender
for Fair Start Scotland also in March 2017.
Please see our
2018 Reserved Contract Area FAQ for further information.
The Scottish Government is committed to keeping consultation,
engagement and partnership working at the forefront of our approach
to developing devolved employment support services.
Involving those who use and those who deliver employment support
has been a constant driver as we work to reshape employment support
services in Scotland.
Supplier Engagement events for Fair Start Scotland started with
an event in Glasgow on Monday 28 November 2016. This was the first
of 4 - with the other three taking place in Inverness on 29
November, Edinburgh on 1 December and a supplementary event in
Glasgow on 9 December 2016.
These events enabled feedback from organisations on additional
support or information that would assist potential suppliers
wishing to be involved in the 2018 employment programme. They also
provided the opportunity for attendees to network with potential
delivery partners and offered scope for learning to potentially
help shape requirements prior to the start of the formal
advertising and competitive tendering process for Fair Start
Scotland. A range of information on the events is available
Following on from the Supplier Engagement events and the issue
of the Invitation to Tender, briefing events were hosted which
provided an opportunity for potential tenderers to further
understand the requirements of Fair Start Scotland. The events were
held approximately 2 weeks after the ITT was published,
29th March in Perth and 30th March in
the West Contract Area. The timescale gave potential bidders time
to digest the documentation and it further allowed an
opportunity for attendees to network with potential delivery
partners. Further information can be found below: