Employability specialist opens new Livingston office

We're supporting long-term unemployed people in West Lothian.

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Angela Constance MSP officially opens our new Livingston office

We have opened a new office in Livingston to help long-term unemployed people and those with barriers to work.


Fedcap Scotland is currently delivering the Scottish Government’s Fair Start Scotland support service in Livingston and across the country, helping people into suitable, sustainable jobs.


Most people who receive employability support from us find work within three months, despite almost nine out of ten people who joined the service having been out of work for more than one year.


Across the country, our teams have been responsible for supporting more than 14,000 people in the last three years as it works with partners to improve people’s standards of living and their health and wellbeing.


Employers and partners from across the town attended an official opening of the office in Stadium House, Alderstone Road.


During the visit, guests were given an insight into how Fedcap Scotland helps people overcome the barriers they face to realise their ambitions and reach their long-term goals. This includes providing support to improve people’s health and wellbeing, further reducing potential barriers to finding and staying in employment.


Angela Constance, MSP for Almond Valley, said: “I am delighted to welcome Fedcap Scotland to their new base in Livingston and to thank them and their partners for the successful delivery of the Scottish Government’s flagship employability programme, Fair Start Scotland.


“Fedcap Scotland recognises that everyone is different, some people only need a wee bit of support to access the job of their dreams, whilst others need wider support with skills development and their health and wellbeing to reach their full potential. Investing in people of all backgrounds not only helps to support communities and grow our local economy but most of all it helps to turn lives around.”


Cllr Damian Doran-Timson, for East Livingston and East Calder at West Lothian Council, said: “It’s more important than ever that people who need support to get into employment are given the tailored support that Fedcap give. It is fantastic to see how many people have been successful in gaining long term employment thanks to Fedcap. This will hopefully continue for many years to come for West Lothian.”


Susan Paterson, Operations Director at Fedcap Scotland, said: “We’ve been successful because we know everyone is different and we’re able to take the time to get to know our customers and find out about their lives.


“We’re delighted to open up this new office in Livingston, so we can support even more people to realise their potential and live better lives.”


For more information on how Fedcap Scotland helps communities across the country, visit www.fedcapscotland.scot

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