109 people across Clackmannanshire have taken part in the first year of the Fair Start Scotland employability programme, run by the Council’s employability service Clackmannanshire Works.
Celebrating its first anniversary in April, Fair Start has helped participants who are experiencing barriers to getting into employment. A broad range of support is available and participants have found new opportunities in both volunteering and employment in a number of different areas. These include hospitality, construction, retail, administration, marketing and social care.
The programme is voluntary and aims to develop new skills for work, helping participants to find a suitable job through a regular programme of support and also building on existing skills participants may already have. The service does not affect existing benefits for those taking part. The service also provides specific support for disabled job seekers and those with health conditions. A positive partnership with NHS Forth Valley and local third sector organisations ensures a variety of support options are available to meet individual needs.
Experienced advisers work closely with participants supporting them through the journey towards employment, which continues in-work for those who want it. Support is tailored to each individual’s circumstances and is governed by four key values of equality, dignity, respect and fairness.
Cllr Ellen Forson, Leader of Clackmannanshire Council said: “Helping Clackmannanshire be attractive to businesses and people and ensuring fair opportunities for all is a key outcome of the 10 year Local Outcome Improvement Plan. It’s pleasing to see that since launching the Fair Start Scotland service a year ago, over a hundred local people have benefitted from the service. Individuals who had many barriers to finding work have been supported to develop their confidence and actively participate in a journey towards employment. Fair Start is working closely across sectors with our local partners to help support our residents, and I look forward to the continued development of this Clackmanannshire focused programme.”
To be eligible applicants must be:
Living in the Forth Valley area and be eligible to work in the UK
Over 18 and out of work in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit
16 or 17 and disabled