Transitional employability services

Almost 3,500 people join in first six months.

A total of 3,459 people have joined new transitional employability services which support individuals with disabilities and health conditions.

Work First Scotland (WFS) and Work Able Scotland (WAS) are one year transitional services which precede the launch of the £96 million Fair Start Scotland service – Scotland’s devolved employability service – in April 2018.

Statistics published today show:

  • A total of 2,760 people joined WFS between 3 April to 29 September 2017
  • A total of 699 people joined WAS over the same six-month period

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.”

An Implementation Review published alongside the statistics praised the structure of the transitional year.


Scotland’s Devolved Employment Services - Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland, 2017, Quarters 1 and 2.

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