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- What's in it for you?

If you have never worked before or been out of work for a while there's a lot to gain from participating in Fair Start Scotland:

  • You choose whether you want to take part.
  • Your participation is completely voluntary and choosing to take part won't affect your existing benefits.

Fair Start Scotland will:

  • put you first, working together to provide the right support for you;
  • give you a dedicated adviser who will listen, guide and help you achieve your goals;
  • recognise your skills and experience and help you develop these further;
  • help you find work that suits your circumstances; and
  • provide up to 12 months pre work support along with a further period of in work support tailored to suit you when you enter employment.

Your dedicated adviser will:

  • meet with you weekly
  • work with you to identify and help you make the most of the skills you have;
  • support you to develop new transferable skills;
  • help build your confidence; and
  • help find the right job for you.

Fair Start Scotland can help you to:

  • Reach your goal of employment or self-employment with dedicated, tailored support 
  • Build your confidence and put together a CV or help to update your current CV 
  • Search for work using a range of methods that suit your needs
  • Prepare for interviews and find suitable work placements or volunteering opportunities to help build your experience
  • Speak to employers about working in particular sectors to help find the right opportunities for you

In work support 

When you start work, your adviser will keep in touch with you and your employer regularly:

  • to identify any support you might need in your new role; and
  • to make sure everything is going well and to answer any questions you might have.

How can you access Fair Start Scotland?


If you would like help to build your skills and experience and want to take part in Fair Start Scotland, you can speak to your Jobcentre Plus work coach to find out more and check your eligibility.