StartScotland to deliver new Fair Start employability service

StartScotland to deliver Scottish Government’s Fair Start Scotland employability programme 

StartScotland – a partnership between The Lennox Partnership and Working Links – will deliver the Scottish Government’s Fair Start Scotland service to help unemployed people find work, the employability specialist announced today (Wednesday,4 October).
The organisation is set to deliver the new service in the east and southwest of the country from April 2018.
Fair Start Scotland is a voluntary service designed to help unemployed people, including those with complex issues, who want to work find suitable, sustainable jobs through tailored support.
StartScotland – along with its partners – will provide the service in Edinburgh, East Lothian, Fife, Midlothian, the Scottish Borders, West Lothian, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.
Those receiving support from StartScotland will benefit from an innovative, holistic assessment designed to identify skills needs as well as having a dedicated key worker to support them through their own journey.
StartScotland will be working with a range of partner organisations, including those in the voluntary sector, to deliver the service. It says that this, alongside an enhanced digital engagement model, means customers will be able to access a full service, wherever and whenever they require it. It claims noone in its delivery areas will have to travel more than 30 minutes to access StartScotland’s support.
The Lennox Partnership and Working Links have more than 40 years’ collective experience delivering employability programmes and, together, currently deliver the Scottish Government’s Work Able Scotland programme.
Blyth Deans, Director at StartScotland, said: “We are thrilled to deliver the Scottish Government’s new employment support service, which will provide a tailored and personalised service for all those who seek to return to the workplace.
“Collectively, we are passionate about delivering excellent front-line public services, addressing challenges faced by those people who need our support and delivering real value for money.”
Brian Bell, Director at StartScotland, said: “We are delighted and excited to have been chosen by the Scottish Government to deliver employability services as part of the new Fair Start Scotland service.
“This acknowledges our expertise, extensive experience and innovative approach to helping people find suitable, sustainable work and we look forward to the new service starting.”
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