Contracts worth up to £96 million have been awarded to
organisations across Scotland to help people find and stay in
From April 2018 the new Fair Start Scotland service will aim to
help at least 38,000 people, to find employment, including those
facing barriers to entering the labour market.
Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn confirmed that these
employment support services will be delivered by a mix of public,
private and third sector organisations in nine contract areas
across Scotland. This new partnership approach will see more than
half of provision delivered by supported businesses and by third
sector and public sector bodies in Scotland.
The Scottish Government is already using its new powers through
the Scotland Act to deliver one year transitional employment
support services - Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland which
are helping unemployed people across Scotland, ahead of the full
roll-out in 2018.
Speaking in the Scottish Parliament Mr Hepburn said:
"Awarding the Fair Start Scotland contracts is an important
milestone in our commitment to providing Scottish employment
support which will help people faced with barriers into work,
access a fairer and more targeted support service.
"We are taking a different approach to the UK Government and
listening to the views of unemployed people. By delivering Fair
Start Scotland in nine contract areas we are reflecting Scotland's
different geographies, economies and population spread - as opposed
to the UK Government's approach which simply considered Scotland as
"Crucially people's participation in Fair Start Scotland will be
voluntary. It will work with unemployed people to help and
encourage them to see employment support as an opportunity, rather
than being driven by the threat of financial sanctions.
"Our priority is that people receive high quality services,
designed for their local needs and that treats them fairly and with
Source - Scottish Government Website