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Being disabled and getting into employment with unseen obstacles put many barriers in a disabled persons path, Forward Mid hope the following agencies can help you find a path through the maze.

Access to Industry

Access to Industry logoAccess to Industry exists to move excluded people into education and on to employment across the South East of Scotland.

We do this through the creation and development of new education and training programme's, encouraging access to further and higher education opportunities. These are delivered through partnerships with key education and training providers throughout Scotland. We also work closely with employers to provide supported work experience placements.

A key component of our work is helping people develop essential core skills such as communications; information technology and problem solving. We also provide a wide range of specific education and training courses that meet a broad cross section of needs and aspirations.

Our courses are designed to provide a stepping stone on to further education or employment. This individual approach ensures much higher success rates for those involved.

Access to Industry
15 Blair Street
Tel: Telephone logo 0131 226 3006 Telephone logo 0131 226 6277
Email: email symbol admin@accesstoindustry.co.uk

Action on Hearing Loss

Action on Hearing Loss logo Action on Hearing Loss provide employment advice and training courses. Employment adviser’s support deaf and hard of hearing people looking for employment or progression within employment.
Email: email symbol informationline@hearingloss.org.uk
Tel: Telephone logo 0808 808 0123 or Textphone: fax logo 0808 808 9000

Deaf Action

Deaf Action LogoMidlothian Council contracts Deaf Action to provide specialist services and support Provides a range of services to deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people, their families and carers, mainly in Edinburgh and the Lothians, Thursdays 10am – 12pm Deaf Action,
49 Albany Street,
Edinburgh EH1 3QY
Tel: Telephone logo 0131 556 3128 or TextPhone: fax logo 0131 557 0419
Email: email symbol marketing@deafaction.org


IntoWork provides supported employment services for people with disabilities living in Edinburgh and the Lothians who want to find paid work. Referrals can be made to enquiries@intowork.org.uk or by phone.

Registered Office: Intowork,
Norton Park,
57 Albion Road,
Tel: Telephone logo 0131 475 2600
Email: email symbol enquiries@intowork.org.uk

Job Centre Plus.

two ticks logoMany of the Employability Services for people with a Physical Disability or Sensory Impairment can be accessed through the Disability Employment Advisor at your local Job Centre Plus.

Emploters may be able to get help from Access to Work towards some costs where an individual requires support or adaptations.

Employers can sign up to the Disability Confident scheme and you can use the Disability Confident symbol on adverts to show that you encourage applications from disabled people.


Lifelong Learning & Employability is part of the Education Service of Midlothian Council. Lifelong Learning & Employability support young people, adults and families to improve their life chances through the development of skills for learning, life and work. This consists of universal provision which is open to all and targeted provision which may be delivered for specific groups such as parents/carers, young people not engaging in school, disabilities groups etc and work with key partners to implement initiatives such as Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, Positive Destinations and Employability.

Work with adults:

Midlothian leaf LogoLifelong Learning & Employability deliver a range of employability support options, courses and training including ICT and European Computer Driving Licence qualifications, Care Academy, Work Club, Job Clubs, Construction Skills Certification Scheme Training and Modern Apprenticeships.

Lifelong Learning & Employability offer one to one support and community based provision in core skills such as literacy, numeracy, IT and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and refugees. On offer is lipreading classes for those with acquired hearing loss.

Community based adult learning (CBAL) programmes run throughout Midlothian from first step courses to SQA qualifications. The main aim is to provide a first step back into learning, pathways to further learning or employability provided in locally accessible venues. These courses are offered in a wide range of subjects including childcare and family support, IT, health and wellbeing and employability related courses including job clubs. They are mainly free or low cost with crèche support provided.

Lifelong Learning & Employability also deliver adult learning through our Aim High Learning Offer with an annual programme of certificated and non-certificated programmes delivered mainly in Dalkeith Campus, Lasswade Centre, Penicuik and Beeslack High Schools. Lifelong Learning & Employability work closely with Progress Through Learning Midlothian to provide support locally to those who want to move on in their learning, go to college or prepare for university or other accredited study.

Lifelong Learning & Employability have recently developed a new one to one support service for those who face barriers to moving on to employment, training or education. To qualify for support adults must be of working age (16 to 64) and have a disability, health condition and other major barrier. Support will be given to enable you to identify and build on your skills, CV, secure work placements and apply for jobs, training opportunities or further learning. Some financial support is available for 2017 only to support parents/carers to take up a job offer if they have come off benefits. This could be to pay for a PVG, pay bus fares for the first few weeks of employment, pay for food and essentials until first wage is paid or assist with deposits for childcare.

Lifelong Learning & Employability work jointly with Midlothian Joint Mental Health Team to support those who have mental health issues and want to work to gain confidence, skills and employment.

Work with Young People:

Lifelong Learning & Employability work with young people in a variety of ways. Through Activity Agreements they provide one to one tailored support for young people who are not in education, training or employment to enable them to take their next steps. Lifelong Learning & Employability provide learning and employability pathways in a variety of curriculum areas such as music, rural skills, childcare, sport and wellbeing, admin and IT, hair and beauty, retail etc. These allow young people to build up skills and confidence and access further education, training and employment opportunities.

Lifelong Learning & Employability work in schools to support positive transitions for young people and families through groupwork, co-ordinating school work experience programmes, supporting young people to achieve positive destinations when they leave school. Lifelong Learning & Employability lead the Developing Midlothian’s Young Workforce Board where Lifelong Learning & Employability work with other Council services and a wide range of partners including employers and Skills Development Scotland to secure positive destinations for young people and address the skills gap.

Lifelong Learning & Employability engage with young people on the streets and in universal and targeted youth clubs and other provision, recognise their achievements through Awards Schemes, develop young people’s voice and influence through youth participation, offer volunteering opportunities.

Tel: Telephone logo 0131 271 3713
Email: email symbol lle@midlothian.gov.uk
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Twitter Logo : twitter.com/LLEadult_family
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Midlothian Employment Action Network

Midlothian Employment Action Network helps to improve the chances for people to get a job. They bring together the different organisations in Midlothian.

The network will also provide agencies based in and / or working in Midlothian with a stronger collective voice at a regional level, in terms of buying into wider employment focused initiatives and attracting new resources to the area.

Midlothian Employment Action Network (MEAN)

Midlothian Employment Action Network helps to improve the chances for people to get a job. They bring together the different organisations in Midlothian.

The network will also provide agencies based in and/or working in Midlothian with a stronger collective voice at a regional level, in terms of buying into wider employment focused initiatives and attracting new resources to the area.

MEAN does not offer services directly to the public, but instead works through partner organisations to support people who face barriers in the labour market.

RNIB Scotland

Midlothian Council contracts Royal National Institute of Blind People LogoRNIB support blind and partially sighted people to find work and assist employees with sight problems to continue in work. They also help employers to recruit people with sight loss.

RNIB Scotland:
Edinburgh and the Lothian’s,
12 Hillside Crescent,
Tel: Telephone logo 0131 652 3140 or Fax: fax logo 0131 652 3199
E-mail: email symbol rnibscotland@rnib.org.uk
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 8.30 am to 4.40 pm, Friday: 8.30 am to 3.50 pm

Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development ScotlandGovernment policy is a primary driver of what Skills Development Scotland (SDS) does. A series of skills and economic strategies interlink to shape SDS’s work, making sure that services and partnership activity are meeting the needs of customers and effectively contributing to economic growth ambitions for Scotland.

Skills Development Scotland supports people to help them achieve career success. With partners, SDS delivers face to face career information, advice and guidance in schools and SDS centres, as well as support through a contact centre and a dynamic web service My World of Work.

Skills Development Scotland is helping people build the skills to manage their career throughout their lifetime, including:

  • choosing a career and getting ready for employment
  • progressing in the workplace
  • up-skilling, such as being able to use new technology
  • adapting to change, such as redundancy or transferring skills to something new

Tel: Telephone logo 0800 917 8000

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