Fair Start Scotland: annual report - year 3

This report highlights the progress that our national employment support service Fair Start Scotland has made in its third 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 2020/2021.


1 It should be noted that FSS provides 12-18 months pre-employment support, so the number of job starts reported during Year 1 and Year 2 may relate to those starting on the service in earlier years.

2 It is important to note that the change to a digital support model has also impacted the collection of equalities data. We have been working with Service Providers to ensure response rates are maximised. For more information, see the Data Quality section in the Background Information of the Scotland’s Devolved Employment Services: statistical summary.

3 These figures are for overall starts on service up to end March 2021.

4 Figures may not sum to 100% due to rounding.

5 An early leaver is defined as someone who leaves the service before the end of the pre-employment support period without achieving a known job outcome. Early leaver rates can only be reported for start cohorts where enough time has passed in pre-employment support and for outcomes to be achieved. The figures here cover the first three years of delivery and the first quarter of Year 4.

Source: Scotland’s Devolved Employment Services: statistical summary 7 (26 August 2020).

6 Scottish Government Management Information

7 Scotland’s Devolved Employment Services: statistical summary – gov.scot (www.gov.scot)


Email: kirstie.corbett@gov.scot

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