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Welcome to the April 2019 edition of the Employability in Scotland e-bulletin

It is hard to believe that we are almost halfway through 2019 - but it’s not summer holiday time yet! The Employability Team have had a busy month and we would like to share some of the highlights from May. You can see what we have been up to on Twitter– @EmployinScot.


Scotland’s devolved employment services: Statistical summary

The Scottish Government published information on the first year of its employment support service, Fair Start Scotland today, Wednesday 29 May. Since the service launched in April 2018, 10,063 people have chosen to participate in Fair Start Scotland – accessing personalised help and support to help them to find work, and to stay in work.

The service is already supporting people to achieve their goals and we have been hearing from people that have chosen to participate about their experience:

Courtney, A Fair Start Scotland Participant said: “ When I joined the Fair Start Scotland, my confidence was low but I was made to feel at home and the support I received was personal to me. My confidence was gradually increasing. I was allowed to go at my own pace and all the decisions were mine to make.”


The publication can be found here


Launch of The Fair Start Scotland Information Line

Fair Start Scotland provides personalised support for people who want help to find and stay in work – helping to find the right job that meets an individuals needs and is flexible enough for their circumstances.

We have listened to the views and suggestions of others and are providing a new contact route for individuals who want to know how to find their local Fair Start Scotland service Provider.

Providers will continue to offer direct contact routes to Fair Start Scotland within their areas – However individuals who choose to contact the Scottish Government’s 0800 number and who agree, will have their details passed to the relevant provider for follow up to referral.

Individuals can now find their local service provider at and on 0800 804 8104


Health and Work Support Pilot
The Scottish governments Health and Work Support pilot has now been in 1 year of operation. We have has some exciting opportunities to support people through the pilot. We have recently published some data which can be found here: Our evaluation is now underway and has brought out some interesting opportunities for development. You can find out more in our newsletter here


And finally – another reminder that Friday 28 June is UK Employability Day, this years theme is "Closing the Gaps". You can find out more information, including a toolkit here.

Please do let us know your plans for the day and don’t forget to keep in touch. We would be really keen to hear about any events that you have planned that our team could come along to.  if your organisation would like to find out more about Fair Start Scotland, our team would be happy to come out and provide some more information. Please keep in touch at




The Mythical Millennial: Managing a Changing Workforce
Young Scot and DYW are holding an event for employers, The Mythical Millennial: Managing a Changing Workforce, this free one-day conference will explore the changing narrative of employment in Scotland and will look at the challenges, opportunities and changes required to build a fully developed future workforce in Scotland. For more information and to register click here.


Stirling Business Month: Employer Engagement Forum
STEP Scotland are holding an Employer Engagement Forum event. Find out what funding is out there for employers to access, there’s more than you may think, and speak to the right people about growing and building a great team. For more information and to register click here.


Mental Health & Employability: Creating Supportive Workplace Opportunities
An informal discussion session, organised by Senscot, Fife Social Enterprise Network and Social Firms Scotland. For more information and to register click here.


Quick News

Apply for Funding to Support Jobless People in Dundee

The Discover Work Partnership is delighted to launch an Application Process for funding, via a Challenge Fund framework, to deliver services in an Employability Pathway from 1 October 2019 – 31 March 2023 to support residents in Dundee who experience multiple barriers to securing sustainable employment.
The total potential value of the Challenge Fund framework is £5.25m. Up to £2.36m may be provided by the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme; namely, European Social Funds.
The Discover Work Partnership has identified specific Target Groups that the Employability Pathway will support as a priority to address areas of particular need, promote inclusion and ensure that those furthest from the labour market are proactively supported into sustainable employment.  
Applications are sought from Eligible Organisations who have experience of delivering high quality services to support the Target Groups.
Dundee City Council is the awarding body on behalf of the Discover Work Partnership.
The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme.  For further information visit their webpage or follow @scotgovESIF .

Potential Applicants can request a copy of the Challenge Fund framework and Application Form by emailing and

Applicants seeking supplementary information for Application return purposes must email their questions to and no later than 4pm on Wednesday 26 June 2019. 

Responses to questions submitted within that timescale will be given no later than 4pm on Monday 1 July 2019.  Responses will be circulated to all potential Applicants, albeit that the anonymity of the inquiring Applicant will be preserved.

Applications should be returned electronically via email to and no later than 4pm on Wednesday 3 July 2019



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