4. Stakeholder analysis and consultation
4.1 The following groups are involved in this project:
- Jobcentre Plus staff (including Work Coaches and Disability Employment Advisors), who are responsible for making referrals to WAS.
- The Wise Group, Progress Scotland and Remploy are WAS contracted providers, who are responsible for delivering services to customers.
- DWP Jobcentre Plus Work Coaches who will make referrals to WAS.
- SDS Skills Investment Advisors who will be responsible for the contract management and monitoring of WAS providers.
4.2 During 2015 SG consulted extensively to inform the development of Scotland's employability services. Following careful and independent analysis of the responses received, the key principles and values of the Scottish Approach to employability which will underpin devolved employability services in Scotland from 1 April 2017 were set out in March 2016 in Creating a Fairer Scotland: A New Future for Employability Support in Scotland ( http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0049/00498123.pdf)
4.3 As part of the continued Fairer Scotland discussion, the Scottish Government's Employability Programme Division engaged the Central Government Digital Transformation Service ( CGDTS) and User Research and Engagement ( URE) teams to explore the personal experiences of people engaging with employability services. 21 organisations and over 150 individuals participated and the report completed in December 2016.
4.4 No specific consultation on this PIA was considered necessary as the programme has been designed with minimal change from existing processes in order to provide a continuity of service for this transitional year.
4.5 This PIA will be shared with DWP and SDS and published on the SG website.