Get help to find work and stay in work at Fair Start

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Fair Start Scot­land is Scot­land’s new de­volved em­ploy­ment sup­port ser­vice.

It is fo­cused on sup­port­ing un­em­ployed peo­ple who have chal­lenges in ac­cess­ing the labour mar­ket for whom work is a re­al­is­tic prospect.

Launched in April this year, it is an ex­am­ple of one of the first uses of newly de­volved pow­ers un­der the 2016 Scot­land Act.

The ser­vice will run un­til 2023 and aims to pro­vide tai­lored, flex­i­ble and per­son-cen­tred sup­port to at least 38,000 peo­ple across Scot­land who want help to find work, and stay in work. Fair Start Scot­land is dis­tinc­tive in that par­tic­i­pa­tion is vol­un­tary.

This means that peo­ple have ev­ery­thing to gain and noth­ing to lose – choos­ing to par­tic­i­pate won’t af­fect ex­ist­ing ben­e­fits or be driven by fear of ben­e­fit sanc­tions.

The ser­vice is based on part­ner­ship and joint work­ing be­tween the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and the pub­lic, third and pri­vate sec­tors to de­liver bet­ter out­comes for peo­ple seek­ing em­ploy­ment sup­port.

While qual­ity stan­dards are con­sis­tent across Scot­land, the ser­vice is de­liv­ered lo­cally, mean­ing that no par­tic­i­pants are left with­out the sup­port they need.

De­liv­ery is over nine ge­o­graphic ar­eas and re­flect lo­cal area economies, meet­ing the needs of em­ploy­ers, dis­abled peo­ple and those at risk of long- term un­em­ploy­ment.

Jamie Hep­burn, Min­is­ter for Business, Fair Work and Skills, said: “What’s cru­cial about Fair Start Scot­land is that it treats peo­ple with fair­ness, dig­nity and re­spect and that it is fo­cused on the needs of the in­di­vid­ual. We are ded­i­cated to de­liv­er­ing a high qual­ity em­ploy­ment sup­port ser­vice that will lead to real and sus­tained job out­comes and help peo­ple to achieve their full po­ten­tial.

“As well as meet­ing the needs of un­em­ployed peo­ple, Fair Start Scot­land also seeks to help busi­nesses find the skilled and com­mit­ted em­ploy­ees they need to thrive.”

To find out more and check whether you are el­i­gi­ble, you can con­tact the ser­vice provider who is re­spon­si­ble for de­liv­er­ing Fair Start Scot­land in your area by vis­it­ing www. my­gov.scot/fairstart.

Suc­cess story Natalie Knapp, Kil­marnock

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