Employability in Scotland e-bulletin NEWSFLASH
Further to the e-bulletin special edition issued on 9 March we would like to provide an update related to new employment support services in Scotland.
In the last edition, Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Employability and Training outlined progress on delivery of Fair Start Scotland, the devolved employment service that will commence from April 2018. He announced that the Scottish Government has published a Contract Notice on the Public Contracts Scotland website, inviting organisations in eight of the nine geographical contract areas that wish to bid to deliver Fair Start Scotland, to develop their proposals in line with the requirements set out.
The Scottish Government has, today, published a further Contract Notice to deliver Fair Start Scotland from April 2018 in the remaining West Contract Area. This contract area covering East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire has been reserved for supported businesses. You may find it helpful to note that Regulation 21 of Public Contracts Scotland Regulations (2015), defines a supported business as "an economic operator whose main aim is the social and professional integration of disabled or disadvantaged persons and where at least 30% of the employees of the economic operator are disabled or disadvantaged persons".
Tenderers Briefing Meetings for Fair Start Scotland have been scheduled for later in March
Full details on how to register to attend the meetings are set out in the Contract Notices, however the dates and locations are noted below
Perth - Wednesday 29 March
Paisley (West Contract Area) - Thursday 30 March
Finally, don’t forget to keep in touch. We are always happy to receive your case studies, examples of good practice and your contributions for the Employability in Scotland website and e-bulletin.