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Find help with getting into work or get advice on your employment rights and ways to solve problems at work.

Employability and Skills Team

Dumfries and Galloway Council Employability and Skills Team provides support for people who have certain barriers that make it difficult to gain employment or improve current employment circumstances.

You can contact the team on 01387 260060 or email to find out if you are eligible for their support.  And even if they can't help they'll put you in touch with someone who can.

Find job vacancies with local public sector organisations

Dumfries and Galloway Council >>

NHS Dumfries and Galloway >>

Loreburn Housing >>

Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership >>

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway >>

Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service >>

Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is Scotland's national skills body. SDS contributes to Scotland's sustainable economic growth by supporting people and businesses to develop and apply their skills. SDS works with partners throughout our region to provide services that deliver the very best outcomes for Scotland's people, businesses and the economy.

SDS has three local careers centres across Dumfries and Galloway:

  • Stranraer Careers Centre, 7 South Strand Street, Stranraer, DG9 7JE. Call: 01776 889793
  • Newton Stewart Careers Centre, Newton Stewart Library and Customer Service Centre, Church Street, Newton Stewart DG8 6ER. Call: 01776 889793
  • Dumfries Careers Centre, Loreburn Centre, High Street, Dumfries DG1 2BD. Call: 01387 272500

See how Skills Development Scotland can help you >>

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway 

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway (TSDG) is committed to help increase employability for people in the region.

See how Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway can help you >>


Becoming a volunteer is a great way to increase your self-confidence and develop new skills or use existing skills to benefit others. It can provide valuable experience to help towards college, university, or job applications. Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway can help you start your volunteering journey.

Visit Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway >>


Organisations and charities across Dumfries and Galloway have services that can help people with the cost-of-living increases .  Download the free DGLocator mobile app or access its website to easily search services available.

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National support


You can find out about different types of apprenticeship you can do with Skills Development Scotland.

Find out more about apprenticeships >>

Are you getting the right pay?

If you work and are 23 or over, your employer must pay you at least £10.42 per hour. The amount is different if you're under 23 or in certain situations. 

Check you're getting the right pay >>

Department for work and pensions 

Are you looking for a new job?

The Department of Work and Pensions use the 'Find a job' service to search and apply for jobs. This service has replaced Universal Jobmatch.

Start your search now >>

Fair Start Scotland: help to find a job

Fair Start Scotland is an employment support service that helps people living in Scotland to find work.

Check what help you could get to find a job >>

Jobcentre plus travel discount card

If you're unemployed and get Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit, you could get 50% off some rail and bus travel.

Read more about the Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card >>

Job start payment

If you're a young person or care leaver you may be able to apply for this payment to help with the costs of starting a new job.

Check who can apply for Job Start Payment >>

Parental employability support fund

The fund can give support for parents facing barriers in their careers. Support could include help getting qualifications, improving skills and work experience.

Read more about the Parental Employability Support Fund >>

Personalised job support

You can get personalised support, tips and advice to find your next opportunity through JobHelp.

Get support, training and advice on finding your next job >>

Real living wage employers

The Real Living Wage is £12.00 per hour (18 and over). It's higher than the National Living Wage and is voluntarily paid by some employers.

Check employers who pay the Scottish Living Wage >>

Skills training network

Learn about training providers, read more about the programmes, and see if you're eligible >>

Tax relief on work expenses

You could claim income tax relief on money you've spent on things like work uniform and clothing, tools and business travel.

Clam income tax relief for work expenses >>

Young person's guarantee

If you're 16 to 24 you can get help into work, education, training, volunteering or with enterprise opportunities.

Find out about Young Person's Guarantee >>

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