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Help looking for work

We know that coronavirus has impacted many parents’ jobs right now. If it's affected your job, or if you’re simply looking to change roles because of coronavirus, here are some organisations that offer support, training or advice.

PACE

What is this?

PACE helps individuals with the advice and support they need when faced with redundancy.

What help can I receive?  

PACE offers:

  • information on rights and entitlements, benefits entitlement and tax calculation
  • help with your job search
  • CV writing, application forms and covering letters
  • preparation for interviews
  • identifying learning and training opportunities
  • starting up a business
  • making the most of your money
  • coping with redundancy-related stress
  • one to one counselling.

Am I eligible for this?

PACE offers advice and support to anyone who has been made redundant or is at risk of redundancy.

How can I apply or find out more?

Call the national helpline on 0800 917 8000 or visit the Redundancy Scotland website.

Parental Employability Support Fund

What is this?

The Parental Employability Support Fund provides support to parents on low incomes who are looking for a job or who are currently in work and looking to progress.

What help can I receive?

The Fund offers one to one tailored employability support from a key worker, including support to access training.

Am I eligible for this?

The following people can get help from the Fund:

  • lone parents
  • families with 3 or more children
  • families where the youngest child is under 1 year
  • families with a disabled parent or child
  • families where the parents are under 25 years
  • families from minority ethnic communities.

How can I apply or find out more?

For further information you can contact your Local Authority Employability Team. Details can be found on the Employability in Scotland website.

No One Left Behind

What is this?

No One Left Behind helps people of all ages gain skills and confidence, helping them prepare for employment, training, education and/or volunteering. 

What help can I receive?  

The scheme offers one to one tailored employability support from a key worker, including support to access training.

Am I eligible for this?  

Support is available to people of all ages who are experiencing barriers to entering or re-entering work.

How can I apply or find out more?  

For further information, contact your Local Authority Employability Team. Details can be found on the Employability in Scotland website.

Fair Start Scotland

What is this?

This provides support to many people, including those at risk of becoming long-term unemployed, to support them to find and retain work.

What help can I receive?

Depending on your situation, you can get up to 12 months of tailored support to access employment and a further 12 months of in work support.

Am I eligible for this?

You’ll be eligible for Fair Start Scotland if:

  • you live in Scotland and have the right to work in the UK, and
  • you are over 18 and out of work, or
  • you are 16 or 17 years old and disabled, or
  • you get Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit.

How can I apply or find out more?

Find out more by calling the Fair Start Scotland line on 0800 804 8108. or visiting the Employability in Scotland website.