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for Fair Start Scotland

Working Links are interested in working with end-to-end providers, local authorities and specialist providers to deliver Fair Start in the following in Areas/Pots:

  • Pot 1: East (City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, Scottish Borders, West Lothian and Fife)
  • Pot 1: Glasgow
  • Lot 1: Lanarkshire (North and south Lanarkshire)
  • Pot 2: South West (North Ayrshire, south Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway)
  • Pot 2: Highlands and Islands (Argyll and Bute, Eilean Siar, Highland, Moray, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands)
  • Pot 3: North East (Aberdeen city, Aberdeenshire)
  • Pot 3: Forth Valley (Falkirk, Stirling, Clackmannanshire)


The Scottish Government is inviting tenders to deliver a new Scottish Employability Support Service, ‘Fair Start Scotland’, that provides support to disabled people and those at risk of becoming long-term unemployed to find and retain work. Through delivery of this Contract, The Scottish Government is looking to support a minimum of 38,000 Customers’ over 3 years of referrals. These Customers must be in receipt of a reserved UK out of work benefit, unless they are disabled, and will be either: aged 18 years old and over, out of work and living in Scotland; or aged 16 or 17 years old and are either disabled or in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance.

The Service will target:

  • Disabled People (as defined in the Equality Act 20106).
  • Those who are long term unemployed (those reaching 2 years on Job Seekers Allowance/ Universal Credit equivalent).
  • People on the Employment and Support Allowance Work Related Activity Group.
  • People with convictions (someone who has completed a custodial sentence or a community sentence) or offender (someone who is completing a community sentence).
  • Care Experience Young People.
  • Lone Parents.
  • Refugees.
  • Ethnic Minorities.
  • People with a health problem which presents a barrier to employment.

Service Requirement:

The Service will deliver high quality employment support to targeted Customers’ who want and need help to enter and remain in work. It will provide Customers with pre-employment support for a minimum period of up to 12 months, and In-Work support for a period of up to 12 months.

The Service will support Customers who face a range of barriers to employment: from those who may require skills, health or literacy and numeracy support; to those for whom complex barriers and/or disabilities require more specialised support to help them find and sustain employment.

The Service will be tailored to meet individual needs, and will provide a voluntary and coherent range of specialist support that responds flexibly and effectively to meet the needs of individual Customers and their employers. Fair Start will be a voluntary programme offering specialist support to long-term unemployed people and claimants with health conditions, disabilities and a wide range of other complex barriers.

Fair Start contracts will begin delivering in April 2018 and will replace the transitional services Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland, which will run from April 2017.

If you are interested in working with us on this opportunity please register with us by completing our standard Expression of Interest form and return it to

Once received we will then issue you with our specific Fair Start ITT to be completed and returned to us no later than 12pm on Friday 7 April 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact

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