Help with Work
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 email@example.com 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
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
Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway
Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway (TSDG) is committed to help increase employability for people in the region.
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.
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.
or visit: https://dglocator.org.uk/
You can find out about different types of apprenticeship you can do with Skills Development Scotland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Personalised job support
You can get personalised support, tips and advice to find your next opportunity through JobHelp.
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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.
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.
Young Person's Guarantee
If you're 16 to 24 you can get help into work, education, training, volunteering or with enterprise opportunities.