Scotland's first fully devolved employment service will start
delivering flexible and tailored support from Tuesday 3 April.
Fair Start Scotland will offer personalised support for at least
38,000 people further removed from the labour market.
Ahead of the launch, the Scottish Government set out the next
steps towards delivering more effective and joined-up employability
support across Scotland.
'No One Left Behind - Next Steps for the Integration and
Alignment of Employability Support in Scotland' outlines measures
to join up employability support across Scotland, including working
with the Scottish Prison Service to develop new routes into
employment, and piloting a Single Health and Work Gateway in Fife
Speaking at a visit to Capital City Partnership's Joined Up for
Jobs Integration Project, Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn
"The launch of Fair Start Scotland is a landmark moment in our
journey to deliver a person-centred employment service.
"Our new powers have created a service that is more flexible and
responsive to a changing labour market; one that will tackle
inequalities and grow Scotland's economy by helping more people
into work. It is also fairer - the fact the service is voluntary
means people are not driven to take part through fear of
"We are aware that this is only the start - our clear focus on
joining up employability with health, justice and housing, ensures
a solid platform on which we will build in the future."
Source - Scottish Government