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Fair Start


Support for residents of Scotland to find sustainable work.

We’re here to help you get back to work in the Glasgow, Highlands and the Islands areas of Scotland.

Through the Fair Start Scotland service, we’ll provide you with 12 months of support to find work. It’s totally voluntary, free and taking part won’t affect any of your benefits.

Our tailored support will help to tackle any barriers to employment you may be facing. We have a successful track record of supporting people who have been out of work for significant periods of time, have disabilities or health conditions, are single parents, have caring responsibilities or have convictions.

We deliver this programme on behalf of the Scottish Government and work with local employers to help find fantastic opportunities in a range of different sectors.

We can also help you go self-employed or set up a new business if that’s what you want.

Let us help you to have the career you dreamed of.

And our work doesn’t stop when you find work. We’ll continue to support you for a further 12 months to ensure you’re happy in work.

Our support

How we’ll help you on Fair Start Scotland

  • A dedicated Engagement Key Worker will support you the whole way through. Together, you will create a tailored development plan that’s personal to you and your situation so we can help to get you to where you want to be.
  • We will talk to you about your skills and circumstances, so we match you to the right employer and the right job.
  • You’ll get help to learn new skills and gain new accredited qualifications.
  • You’ll get access to online training courses covering a range of sectors.
  • We’ll give you the chance to take part in engaging activities to build your confidence.
  • We can help to create a CV or build on an existing CV to impress potential employers.
  • We will prepare you for interviews, including with the cost of interview clothes.
  • Our dedicated business advisors can also help you go self-employed, with support around business planning, market research, cashflow forecasting, sales, marketing and accounting.


To be eligible for our Fair Start Scotland service, you need to:

You may also be able to use the service if you are aged 16 or 17 and either:

Meet our team in Glasgow:

If you would like to know more just fill out the form below and a friendly member of the team will be in touch shortly.


To find out more, email us at [email protected] or speak to your Job Centre Plus Work Coach.

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