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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
Worksop woman Anita is currently being helped by Working Links’ partners Framework – an East Midlands charity, delivering our ESF Family Support project in Nottinghamshire.