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Job support for disabled people

We are committed to supporting disabled people of all ages to progress towards and into work.

Only around 40% of working age disabled adults are in employment, compared with more than 80% of adults with no disability. Our ambition is to reduce this gap by at least half.

Our disability delivery plan: A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People, published in December 2016, set out more than 20 actions that we will take to address the disability employment gap, including:

  • providing young disabled people with the highest level of Modern Apprenticeship funding up to and including the age of 29
  • piloting a work experience scheme for young disabled people
  • an internship programme providing disabled people with 120 employment opportunities in the third and public sectors and in politics, to 2021
  • a two year NHS internship programme for disabled graduates in partnership with NHSScotland and the Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living Equality Academy, to 2018

Disabled young people will also be supported through the Developing the Young Workforce Scotland's Youth Employment Strategy.

Work First and Fair Start Scotland employment support services

The Work First Scotland service is delivering employment support for up to 3,000 disabled people.

The 12 month arrangement is ahead of a full Scottish programme of employment support that will start in April 2018, and is providing continuity of support for those who need it most.

The new devolved employability service, Fair Start Scotland, will be voluntary and is designed to ensure that disabled people are offered appropriate support which identifies and develops their strengths.

Nine contracts have been put in place to deliver the Fair Start service. One of these was specifically reserved for supported businesses whose main aim is the social and professional integration of disabled people and where at least 30% of the employees are disabled or from poorer backgrounds.

More information on employment support for disabled people can be found at the Employability in Scotland website.

Workplace Equality Fund

We have set up the Workplace Equality Fund to help reduce employment inequalities, discrimination and barriers for minority ethnic people, women, disabled people and older workers.

The £500,000 grant scheme, which opened for applications in February 2018, will help employers promote equality, particularly across the arts, culture, leisure, tourism, finance, manufacturing, construction, agriculture and fishing, transport and communication and STEM sectors.

It is being delivered on our behalf by by the Voluntary Action Fund. Find out more about the Workplace Equality Fund.