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Hundreds of people participate in first year of Falkirk Council’s Fair Start scheme

420 people across the Falkirk Council area have taken part in the opening year of the local authority’s Fair Start employability programme. 

The scheme, which celebrated it’s first anniversary earlier this week, has resulted in people gaining new job and volunteering opportunities in a range of different areas such as childcare, construction, hospitality, IT and social care.

Fair Start helps people who are experiencing barriers to gaining employment and also gives specific support for job seekers who are disabled or have a health condition.

Participants are given support by advisers during their journey to employment and the help continues in-work for those who want it.

Potential applicants must be eligible for the programme and have to be:

  • Over 18 and out of work in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit
  • Either 16 or 17 and are disabled
  • Resident in the Forth Valley Area and be eligible to work in the UK

Falkirk Council Leader Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn said:

“The Fair Start programme has helped hundreds of individuals boost their confidence and believe that they can now progress towards finding a job, something that previously seemed unachievable.

“One year down the line we see people who had many barriers when it came to finding work in a far better position, their health and well being has improved and they are actively participating in a journey towards employment, the work of the local team, their partners and the employers involved in helping to achieve this is to be highly commended.

“If you think you could benefit from this service visit our website www.falkirk.gov.uk/fairstart and find out how we can help you.”

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