Angela Constance MSP has welcomed new analysis of the first employment service to be devolved to Scotland, Fair Start Scotland, showing that those who use the service overwhelmingly feel it has improved their life.
Fair Start Scotland, launched in April 2018 and helps people find work and particularly those who have struggled to find a job.
Fair Start Scotland's services are delivered by different providers across the country. In West Lothian, the service is provided by Start Scotland Ltd
Nine in 10 people who used Scotland’s new employment support service in its first year felt they were treated with dignity and respect.
The Almond Valley MSP said:
“The positive response to Fair Start Scotland shows that the approach taken in both West Lothian and Scotland is really resonating with those who need help to find work.
“The service is well suited to those who, for any reason, may be at a disadvantage. Health conditions, additional support needs and caring responsibilities, amongst other things, can present barriers to finding work.
“Fair Start Scotland was founded upon the principles of dignity and respect; these responses suggest that it is succeeding.”
Fair Start Scotland is Scotland’s first fully devolved employment support service which became operational in April 2018. It aims to provide support to people who want help to find and stay in work.
Fair Start Scotland services are delivered by different providers across the country.
Fair Start Scotland Annual Report Year One and Fair Start Scotland Evaluation Report Two - Overview of Year One have been published.
A total of 10,063 people started using the service in its first 12 months.
Reports show that:
• nine in 10 of those who used the service felt they were treated with dignity and respect • 78% felt the service offered support to improve their general quality of life and wellbeing • 80% of participants felt they had a choice about the type of support they received
For a map of Fair Start Scotland providers:
You can also find your local provider here:
Unit 4, Ochil House, Beveridge Square, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 6QF