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Extension of Fair Start Scotland services

Following an open and competitive procurement process, Fair Start Scotland contracts were awarded in October 2017 to a mixed economy of suppliers from public, third and private sectors to deliver the service across Scotland.  Fair Start Scotland was launched in April 2018 for an initial contract period to 31 March 2021.

On Thursday 16 July 2020, Jamie Hepburn MSP, the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills announced the extension of the current Fair Start Scotland service for a further two years, in accordance with the commercial options available in the original contracts, allowing more people to join the service up to 31 March 2023.

This two year FSS extension period is an opportunity to provide stability and continuity as we respond to the current Covid-19 crisis and move into our economic restart and recovery phases.

We know that the vulnerable, and those furthest from the labour market suffer most in times of recession, and we must do all we can to continue delivering the support they need to progress towards and into work.

Extending the current services and delivery model provides a strong foundation from which to respond to a rapidly changing labour market, as well as delivering on our 'test and learn' approach to employability support, and allows us to work with our partners in local government and the third sector towards longer term local integration within No One Left Behind.

If you would like further information on the Fair Start Scotland contract extension, please contact: FairStartScotlandPost@gov.scot