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Employment support

There is a wide range of services available that can assist people with training and preparation for work. Search for help that meets your needs on the Joined Up for Jobs directory. 

The services listed below are some examples of what is available to help people into work.

If you are facing any barriers that have held you back from employment or you’ve found yourself without work, these services could help.

All in Edinburgh

Supported employment for people who have a disability or long-term health condition in Edinburgh.

If you have a disability or long-term health condition and are interested in finding a job and keeping it, All In Edinburgh can help.

Call 0300 0200 101 or email         

Next Step

Support for people experiencing difficulties in the workplace and for those seeking employment. Friendly staff team is on hand to answer any questions you may have and to find the right service for you.

A variety of sector specific training courses available and advocacy for in-work issues. Help to ensure you are receiving everything you are entitled to.

Looking for a new career or wanting to upskill to gain a promotion? We can support you to achieve your goals.

For Construction work - free CSCS training and card to get you on-site. 

Call 0300 365 0025 or visit the Next Step Edinburgh website.

Community Renewal

Employability support including help with getting job ready, training, interview skills, information and advice. Based in north east Edinburgh but covering the city.

Call 0300 365 0025 or visit the Community Renewal website.

Start Scotland 

This flexible employment support service is a partnership between The Lennox Partnership and Fedcap Scotland helping to make a difference and create positive futures for people, their families and their communities as part of the Scottish Government’s Fair Start Scotland programme

This service supports unemployed people, who may have a disability or health issues, back into sustainable employment.

By joining the service, you will get a tailored support package to help you find a job that meets your skills, a dedicated personal adviser, access to training and specialist support to help you manage your health and wellbeing and much more.

Call 0800 049 7061 or register your details on the Start Scotland website.

Enable Works

Support for parents and carers with responsibility for a person with a disability.

The service can support you to manage your caring responsibilities and to:

  • Find a suitable job or progress in your current job in a sector you want to work in
  • Gain flexible working conditions that support your caring needs
  • Gain accredited training to help you progress in your career
  • Access welfare advice to maximise your household income
  • Access suitable childcare options and gain access to carer support networks
  • Access specialist support agencies to support your health and wellbeing as a carer

Call 0300 0200 101 or email or visit the Enable Works website

Job Start Payment

You can apply for Job Start Payment to help you with the costs of starting a new job. You can apply if you're a young person aged 16 to 24 or care leaver aged 16 to 25 who's been out of work and on certain benefits. You can get a one off payment of £267.65 or £428.25 if you’re the main carer of any children.

View information on the Job Start Payment on the Scottish Government website.