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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12787: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 16 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-12253 by Jamie Hepburn on 10 November 2017, how companies based in England can provide strong local and regional connections.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 28 November 2017

As part of the rigorous tender process for Fair Start Scotland, all bids were assessed on their ability to engage with the local labour market and the wider community. Successful Service Providers have committed to a number of outcomes in the provision of services under these contracts that will benefit the local community particularly in relation to Fair Work, Workforce Matters and Community Benefits.

Other key criteria for contracts was demonstrating how best to work with key local stakeholders and delivery partners as well as how best to integrate services within the local area to benefit participants progress into work.

The successful Provider and their delivery partners currently deliver a full range of employability programmes within local communities and will have a physical presence within this area for the delivery of Fair Start Scotland.