Support to find a job

This guide includes information about a range of resources that support adults to find employment.

Fair Start Scotland

This employment support service helps people to find work. Stirling Council delivers the Fair Start Scotland service in the Forth Valley area.

Fair Start Scotland can help you if you live in Scotland and have a right to work in the UK. It also helps 16 and 17-year-olds who are disabled or receive Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit.

Who might use this service?

Fair Start Scotland can help if you’re struggling to find a job because you:

  • have been unemployed for a long time
  • have caring responsibilities
  • are a single parent
  • are a care leaver
  • have a health condition, a disability or additional support needs

Individual support

Fair Start Scotland is a voluntary programme that provides flexible support and takes your personal circumstances into account. If you decide to take part, you’ll be allocated a key worker who will support you to:

  • remove barriers to accessing work
  • access a tailored programme of support
  • identify skills and experiences and create a CV
  • identify opportunities to help you gain new skills and experience
  • prepare for interviews
  • find jobs which meet your needs
  • sustain your job through in-work support

Choosing to take part in Fair Start Scotland will not affect your benefits.

Visit the Fair Start Scotland website

Supported employment

We support people with long-term health conditions and disabilities to access paid employment.

You’ll work with a case manager to assess your health, skills, experience, training and employment goals. You’ll be able to access a range of health supports and interventions through specialist provision in partnership with NHS Forth Valley. This can include health checks, stress management, counselling, functional and cognitive assessments and advice about managing long-term health conditions.

Partnerships with employers

We work in partnership with local businesses to provide work tasters, placements and internships for jobseekers in Stirling. Our work gives us access to a wide talent pool of skilled and unskilled people. For businesses planning to recruit, an internship gives them an opportunity to job coach and train individuals within the role before any recruitment process begins.

Where a business has an employee who is struggling due to a health condition or disability, we can offer a specialist retention service which includes:

  • health assessment
  • risk assessment
  • adjustment
  • coaching
  • training and aftercare


Volunteering provides an opportunity to develop skills and experience by supporting learners in literacy, numeracy and ICT groups. There are a number of areas you can become involved in.

Literacy and numeracy

Volunteers can be involved in tutoring learners by supporting a group tutor in literacy and numeracy classes where adults want to improve their reading, writing or number skills.

ESOL classes – English for speakers of other languages

There are opportunities for experienced volunteers in ESOL, supporting the tutor to develop English language skills with beginner and post-beginner groups.

Community class buddy

Volunteers can ‘buddy’ learners who need support to participate in other adult learning classes such as computing or arts and crafts.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone with an interest in adult learning and a commitment to the ethos of lifelong learning can volunteer. Training is provided to all volunteers and can lead to an SQA qualification in adult literacies.