Employment Support

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 4th October 2017.

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Photo of Jamie Hepburn Jamie Hepburn Scottish National Party

We saw and heard a clear concern that the manner in which the previous contracts had been procured did not reflect the geography of Scotland. The previous contracts were too large, which precluded a number of organisations from bidding.

We have worked with a range of people and organisations, including local government, that are involved in delivering a range of employability interventions. For example, the Scottish local authorities economic development group had a preference for eight contract areas. We looked at its proposition, which we thought was more or less right, but we considered that nine contract areas would better reflect what is required, given the need to deliver to local circumstances.

We are looking at the contracts closely. When the contracts come to their end, depending on the direction that we want to take, we will look closely at how effective our approach has been.