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The ‘Moving On’ Transition 3 year Project funded by The Big Lottery Fund supports young deaf and hard of hearing people residing in the Central Belt to ensure that they have a successful transition route from school into College/University, training, or into job as well as supporting to find work experience/voluntary work opportunities.

We also work with employers and service providers to support them to provide the best possible service to deaf and hard of hearing people and to meet their obligations as contained in the Equality Act 2010 and to provide information on communication tactics, deaf awareness, equipment and Access to Work.

Contact Details:

Email –

Telephone – 0141 341 5350

Address – Action On Hearing Loss (Scotland), 131 West Nile Street, Glasgow, G1 2RX

Department for Work & Pensions


Job Centre Plus  – Disability Employment Adviser,

     Jim Watson: 01563 506527 /

Working in conjunction with colleagues delivering wider JCP services and with a focus upon long term health conditions and disability, DEA’s local to your area, can advise upon the recruitment process and assist with retention and development of the employee in the work place. DEA’s are able to engage with employers and employees to achieve practical changes and reasonable adjustments as may be recommended in an occupational health assessment.

Work Experience

Work Trial

Sector Based Work Academies

Universal Jobmatch

Modern Apprenticeships


East Ayrshire Council

Economic Development & Employability


Supported employment aims to assist individuals to find real jobs for real pay. It has been successfully used for decades as a model for supporting people with disabilities into the open labour market.  This model uses a partnership approach, where our team of job coach’s work alongside employers to match their recruitment needs with jobseekers with a similar skill base or interest.

Our team of job coaches support individuals on a one to one basis before entering employment to identify their existing skills, abilities and to think about what work environment may be a good match to their preferences.  After identifying a suitable job match between an employer and employee, job coaches can help guide both parties through the recruitment process and are on hand to provide practical in work support and coaching to the individual from day one.  This approach helps the individual develop their skills, promote independence and gives the business a single point of contact for any advice, training or practical support needed in the workplace.

Once the individual begins to become more confident in carrying out their role, the job coach will work with the business to develop natural supports in the workplace.  The job coach will gradually phase out support in agreement with the individual and the employer but will continue to review the situation and offer guidance or support as necessary.

If you are an employer looking to employ someone with a disability, or simply looking for some more information on disability and employment, recruitment incentives or practical support available,  you can find out more having a chat with one of our job coaches by calling 01563 503000 or emailing your query to

Federation of Small Business


Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) offers members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Our aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

Contact: Hisashi Kuboyama

0141 7630 727



Hansel Employment Services offers a wide range of employment support services that help people facing challenges accessing employability opportunities. Our teams are ready to work with individuals and other organisations to ensure these services help people make the most of their skills and potential.

At Hansel, we deliver two DWP funded programmes, Work Choice and Specialist Employment Support (SES), which provide tailored support to people who, due to their disability or health condition, need support to find and sustain employment. The programmes support people with job search, CV creation, interview preparation, work placements, training and then ongoing support in the workplace if required.

Hansel has 3 supported businesses, Grounds Maintenance, Laundry Operations and café, which provide paid employment for people with pan disabilities throughout Ayrshire. The support we offer includes personal development, coaching, independent living skills and access to work experience for disabled people with particularly severe barriers to work.

Enterprising Minds project supports people with a learning disability, or those on the autistic spectrum, to explore their talents and passions and use these in the local community. Some people start their own small business, some people volunteer and others use their skills in the community, all whilst learning employability skills.

 Throughout the year we also work in partnership with schools and councils to deliver the Work Activity Agreement and Schools Project.

Contact:                    Carol Montgomery

Operations Manager (Employability and Enterprise)

01563 831450

NHS Ayrshire & Arran – Working Health Services



NHS Ayrshire & Arran – Fit for Work Scotland

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North Ayrshire Council


We have many opportunities to help kick-start or develop your career.

Employment and training initiatives

Modern Apprenticeships

Work and train at the same time. Visit our Modern Apprenticeships page to find out about the training programme for people under 20 years of age.

Employability Fund Stage 4

For people over 18 years of age, this scheme places you in North Ayrshire Council offices for 26 weeks, where you can build a portfolio of work and gain a SVQ 2 in Business Administration. You’ll continue to receive Job Seekers Allowance and will be paid a contribution towards travel costs.

How to apply: For either of these training schemes contact Jobcentre Plus.

Further opportunities: You can apply for employment within the council through the My Job Scotland portal. Make sure you tell us about your experience as a ‘Employability Fund Stage 4’ candidate in your application.


Volunteering is a great way to gain skills, confidence and experience. It could also lead to a paid job. For volunteering opportunities visit the Project Scotland.

Search for vacancies

Businesses looking to recruit, can find out about incentives on the Employment and training page.


Advice to other employers on how best to support someone to remain in work that have had a sudden deterioration in health.

Advice on how to work with employers to look at opportunities they may have to support someone with a disability into work. This would also reassure fellow employers that any risks associated with this can be overcome in many cases without any expense to their business. (Good communication between carers and perspective employers.)

Basic training on Food Hygiene, Health and Safety and First Aid and Moving and Handling for applicants out of work for more than two months. Subject to availability.

Contact : Jim Mclay

07717 794 052



Our mission is to transform society and the lives of disabled people by:

  • Creating equality in employment
  • Facilitating their access to sustainable  employment and careers
  • Enabling them to achieve their ambitions and maximise their potential.

Since 2010, we have found jobs for 108,000 disabled and disadvantaged people across the UK. branches/offices across the UK

Over the last 16 years we have led the way in supporting Disabled people directly into mainstream employment


Remploy’s Services

Our wide range of services can help you to recruit and retain disabled talent, as well as building internal knowledge and capability.


  • Recruit disabled talent

A fully managed recruitment service to help you match the right people to fill your roles.

  • Retain disabled talent

Simple, affordable and effective services to help retain people who are off sick, struggling to return, or at risk of losing their job. The focus is on increasing attendance and productivity.

  • Building disability confidence

Provision of specialist workforce training and resources to help embed disability and diversity as part of your organisation’s DNA – allowing you to become more disability confident.

We work with a wide range of employers partners, and commissioners including:

  • Local authorities
  • Retail
  • Food and beverage
  • Housing associations
  • Education
  • Health trusts
  • Government departments
  • Charities and uniformed services
  • The Skills Funding Agency
  • National recruitment agencies
  • Support services organisations

For more information Contact us 

0300 456 8113

Remploy , Unit 6, 27 Portland Gate, Kilmarnock KA1 1JN

 Skills Development Scotland


Skills Development Scotland (SDS) can support businesses of all sizes to access the skills they need for the growth they want. Help is available face-to-face, online and over the phone, including free consultancy and support to help with recruitment, training and development as well as restructuring and succession planning.

This can range from work based learning options including Modern Apprenticeships to free business consultancy through Skills for Growth, training through the Low Carbon Skills Fund, or help with finding new talent through Scotland’s Employer Recruitment Incentive.

Advice is also available for employers wanting to make their workplaces more diverse and inclusive. Benefits include a positive working culture and access to wider talent pools, with simple low cost measures offering the chance for employers to attract a broader range of candidates.

More information is available at our dedicated web service for employers –

Contact: Neil Cunningham – Employer Engagement Adviser, Kilmarnock

0300 013 2247



SCVO delivers Community Jobs Scotland. Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) creates work opportunities for young people within third sector organisations in Scotland. CJS, through 2016/17 is targeted at more vulnerable young people and in particular is focused on groups of young people who are more disadvantaged in the labour market. SCVO have ring fenced positions within East Ayrshire for 16 to 29 year olds who have a disability and or long term health condition and who not on the Work Programme, Community Work Placement, Work Choice or Specialist Employment Support.


Contact: Michael Hollinger

0141 559 5014

South Ayrshire Council – Employability Service


South Ayrshire Council’s Employability and Skills team provide a range of flexible services to support young people’s transitions to the world of work. They work closely in partnership with secondary schools and Skills Development Scotland to ensure that all young people make a positive transition from school.

What we do

  • Work placements
  • Group work
  • One-to-one support
  • Confidence building
  • Develop your work readiness skills
  • Engage young people through a range of activities
  • Literacy support
  • Vocational tasters

Contact: Colette McPherson – Employability & Skills Team

01292 559 424


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WG13 is a social enterprise set up to provide employment and training opportunities for young people and adults with additional barriers to employment in East Ayrshire. Set within a three storey building in the heart of Kilmarnock it encompasses:

  • a restaurant offering good quality produce at affordable prices
  • a venue available for hire for a range of private, corporate and community activities and events, including arts, crafts, exhibitions, training and fundraising activities
  • digital hub and telehealth care facility All of these elements provide innovative training opportunities for our trainees within a supportive commercial working environment.
  • Our trainees come from a range of backgrounds with different support needs. Our trainees work alongside our job coaches to learn personal, social and employability skills, increasing their confidence and resilience for everyday life at the same time as improving their technical expertise.
  • We offer accredited training delivered on a flexible basis by Ayrshire College, which has been designed through consultation with local employers in sectors which are growth areas, and who have identified the skills they are looking for in potential employees.As well as qualifications and commercial experience, WG13 provides multiple additional benefits; healthy relationships, positive role models, social skills, promotion of integration and breaking down barriers within the local community.
  • Delivery is in a supported learning environment at the heart of the community and will help facilitate the transition into sustainable employment.


Nicola Caldwell (  or

Eddie Walsh (

01563 594600

WG13 is situated at 13 West George Street, Kilmarnock KA1 1DH.