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Fair Start Scotland: annual report - year 2

This report highlights the progress that our national employment support service Fair Start Scotland has made in its second year of delivery. It draws from evaluation evidence and provider and participant feedback to show the impact the service had on individuals and communities throughout 2019 to 2020.

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Fair Start Scotland: annual report - year 2
2. Story of Year 2 : Highlights

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2. Story of Year 2 : Highlights

Key figuresvi

  • A total of 34,755 referrals were made to Fair Start Scotland in the first two years of the service. Of those, 64% subsequently chose to participate.
  • A total of the 22,140 people joined the service during the same period.
  • 6,621 participants had started a job.
  • 72% of those who started a job sustained employment for at least 3 months.
  • 77% of those who sustained employment for at least 3 months went on to reach at least 6 months.
  • 76% of those who sustained employment for 6 months went on to reach at least 1 year.
  • 65% of those joining Fair Start Scotland reported having a long-term health condition and 47% were disabled.

Comparisons between Year 1 and 2

  • 70% of those who were referred subsequently chose to join the service in Year 2, an increase of 12% from Year 1.
  • 12,077 people joined the service in Year 2, a 20% increase from Year 1 (10,063).
  • While more men than women joined the service in Year 2 (63%), the proportion of women joining the service has increased from 35% in Year 1 to 37% in Year 2.
  • The number of reported ethnic minority participants increased from 364 in Year 1 to 736 in Year 2.
  • There was a 5 percentage point increase in people who joined Fair Start Scotland reporting a mental health condition (34% over the two years) from Year 1.

Compared with Year 1, Year 2 had:

  • A higher proportion of female participants
  • A lower proportion of disabled participants
  • A higher proportion of younger participants (aged 16-34)

Compared with Year 1 of the service, Year 2 has a higher proportion of:

  • Lone parents
  • Participants with convictions
  • Refugees
  • Those who are care experienced

Early leavers

  • 8,407 (51%) of people who started Fair Start Scotland left the service early[1].

What people think of Fair Start Scotlandvii

  • 91% of people feel they were treated with dignity and respect.
  • 80% of people felt the service took account of their individual needs and circumstances.
  • 81% of people felt the service offered support to improve their general quality of life and wellbeing.
  • 80% felt they were in control of their progress on the service.

Contact

Email: Kirstie.Corbett@gov.scot