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Fair Start Scotland
helping you to achieve your potential


What is Fair Start Scotland?

Fair Start Scotland is a flexible employment support service to help you get ready for work and achieve your potential. We believe that everyone should have the same opportunity to access a job that is right for them no matter what their circumstances.

Where do you deliver Fair Start Scotland? 


We provide employability support in:


  • Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, Scottish Borders, West Lothian and Fife

  • North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway

  • Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

When you join Fair Start Scotland you’ll have a welcome session with your personal adviser, who will:

  • give you more information about the service

  • find out more about you and your circumstances

  • find out about your skills and abilities and job interests

  • understand any challenges you may have

  • tell you how we’ll work with you to find the right job for you to meet your needs.

You'll have an initial chat with your personal adviser to find out what:

  • your strengths are

  • your interests

  • your skills and abilities

  • challenges you may face 

  • health issues or concerns you may have.

Working with you will help us to give you the right information, advice and guidance to find a job that best suits your needs. And don’t forget it’s a two way discussion so it’s an opportunity for you to ask questions - having a clear understanding from the start will help us to manage your expectations and vice versa.

Why is Fair Start Scotland different to other back to work-related services?

  • You decide whether you want to take part and your participation is completely voluntary.

  • You'll have the flexibility you need to help you get the right skills to help you move forward.

  • We'll listen and take into account your circumstances, supporting you to remove any barriers you may have to finding work.

  • We'll put you first, working together to tailor the service to meet your needs.

  • You'll have the opportunity to develop the skills and experience you already have to prepare you for work.

  • You'll have up to 12 months pre work support with a further period of in work support which will be tailored to suit you.

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