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Scotland's Devolved employment services



Today statistics were published for the first two quarters of Scotland having Devolved Employment Services. 

 

The first edition published statistics for the first six months of Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland, which both launched in April 2017.

Work First Scotland is a voluntary, Scottish Government supported programme for people who, due to their disability, may find it difficult to find or stay in work.

 Work able Scotland is part of skills development Scotland and aims to help people over come barriers to work, such as health conditions.

The programmes were set up after the Scotland Act 2016 devolved new responsibility for employment support services to Holyrood.

Overall, a total of 3,633 people joined Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland, as a result of 5,828 referrals made to the services during the period 3 April to 29 September 2017.

3,459 of these people had a recorded start date on the services which fell within the same time period, 3 April to 29 September.

A total of 2,901 people joined Work First Scotland, as a result of 4,433 referrals made to the service during the period 3 April to 29 September 2017. This means 65% of those referred chose to participate.

2,760 of these people had a recorded start date on the service which fell within the same time period, 3 April to 29 September 2017.

A total of 732 people joined Work Able Scotland, as a result of 1,395 referrals made to the service during the period 3 April to 29 September 2017. This means 52% of those referred chose to participate.

699 of these people had a recorded start date on the service which fell within the same time period, 3 April to 29 September 2017.

Employability minister Jamie Hepburn said: “These statistics show the strong start we’ve made towards meeting our commitment to provide a fairer and more targeted employment support service based on principles of dignity and respect. 

“The success of Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland so far is proof that our targeted approach – which serves people without the threat of sanctions – works.

“We must now build upon this solid foundation to ensure that we continue to meet our aim of supporting up to 4,800 people with disabilities and health conditions towards and into work this year.”

 Source: Scottish Gov

       
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