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Fair Start Scotland

This advice applies to Scotland

Fair Start Scotland 

Fair Start Scotland is a support service to help people in Scotland find work. Fair Start Scotland replaced Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland in April 2018. 

It is voluntary and won't affect your existing benefits. You can't have your benefits stopped for not taking part. 

You can take part in Fair Start if you:

  • live in Scotland 
  • are eligible to work in the UK
  • are out of work
  • are over 18 or 16/17 - if you are 16 or 17 you must either be disabled or get Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit
  • do or do not get benefits - like Jobseeker's Allowance or Universal Credit
  • are or are not disabled.

What Fair Start does

Fair start supports you to find work that meets your specific needs and circumstances. You should get at least 1 year of support to get a job, which might include:

  • help looking for jobs that fit your needs and circumstances
  • help with applications
  • mentoring
  • courses and training
  • personal development
  • specialist support if you are disabled.

You will continue to be supported once you are in work. 

How to get Fair Start Scotland 

The Jobcentre may refer you to your local Fair Start provider, or you can ask them to. You can also contact the provider directly. 

Your Fair Start provider depends where you live. Use the map on the Employability in Scotland website to find contact details for the Fair Start provider in your area. 

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