The Scottish Government has issued a prior information notice for Scottish Employability Support Services.
The employability support service contracts will commence in April 2018 and run continuously for 3 years, with the possibility of a contract extension for up to two further years. The level of resource available to deliver the new service in Scotland could be up to £90 million.
The service is being designed to assist disabled people or people claiming reserved benefits (i.e. Jobseekers Allowance; Universal Credit; and Employment Support Allowance) who are at risk of long-term unemployment to select, obtain and retain employment; and assisting employers to obtain suitable employees from the people referred to above.
It is anticipated that service delivery will be divided in to lots. The number and structure of the lots is still being considered. Initial proposals will be discussed at the Supplier information awareness events planned for November/December 2016.