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New Employment Support for Scottish Disabled People

04 April 2017

Disabled people seeking employment in Scotland now have access to new support delivered by employability charity Shaw Trust alongside other service providers.

Yesterday (3rd April) marked the first day for Work First Scotland, a new employment support programme for up to 3,300 disabled people across Scotland. It is the first in a range of new devolved welfare powers introduced by the Scottish Government under the Scotland Act 2016.

Working in partnership with Scottish Government, employability charity Shaw Trust Scotland will deliver Work First Scotland for an interim 12 months, working to provide support for those who need it most. In practice this means creating the vital link between disabled people looking for long-term, sustainable employment, and employers.

Disabled people eligible for Work First Scotland, will work with a dedicated Shaw Trust employment adviser who will provide practical guidance, training and support through the job search process. The support extends to CV writing, job searching and training as well as workplace adjustments when the candidate has secured employment.  

Shaw Trust will also work closely with employers to ensure the right candidate is chosen for their business.

As part of Work First Scotland, Shaw Trust, alongside other service providers, will introduce three Health and Wellbeing Campuses in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee. These innovative centres will integrate a range of support services mapped to the needs of their local communities.

Alistair Kerr, Director of Partnerships, Shaw Trust Scotland, said Work First Scotland will pave the way for a new range of individually-tailored and person-centred services.

He said: “Meaningful, long-term employment is vital for disabled people who have the ability and desire to contribute to society and the economy. During this period of change for how disabled people are supported, it’s vital they are part of the discussion to deliver long-lasting transformation.

“Many disabled people have a real willingness to sustain a job, whether that be paid or voluntary. Having access to substantial employment is important to drive social independence, inclusion and empowerment.”

For more information visit the Shaw Trust Work First Scotland (open in new tab or window) page.

Media enquiries:

Neil McSeveny 

Big Partnership, on behalf of Shaw Trust Scotland

0141 333 9585 / 07854670520


About Shaw Trust Scotland

Shaw Trust Scotland is a national employment, disability, learning and skills charity with over 30 years’ experience of helping people to achieve their work ambitions and gain greater independence.

Working with eight delivery partners, we have supported over 3,850 people with disabilities or health impairments into work since 2010, or 49% of people starting the programme (the national average is 42%).

Shaw Trust has also worked in partnership with Perth and Kinross Council to set up Westbank Enterprises, a horticultural social enterprise providing work experience opportunities to disabled and disadvantaged people.


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