A NEW work support service which has recently launched aims to prove no-one is unemployable.

The Gazette and its sister title the Barrhead News are backing the campaign for people in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire to join Fair Start Scotland, which will be delivered in the west of Scotland by the Wise Group.

The initiative is Scotland’s first devolved employment support service and aims to help 38,000 people across the country, from the most challenging backgrounds, into work.

Ten per cent of those people will hopefully come from the west of Scotland.

And Wise Group chief executive Sean Duffy said he believes there is no-one they cannot help into employment.

“I don’t believe anyone is unemployable,” added Mr Duffy.

“Someone I spoke to hadn’t worked since 2012 and, because of that, he hadn’t left the house and he wasn’t able to care for his mum.

“One of our work coaches got in direct contact with him and convinced Tesco to take him on a five-week project.

“They ended up offering him a full-time role, so he is now able to care for his mum, who has dementia, and he stands up and talks to groups of 10 people about why this programme can change your life.

“The west of Scotland has had a tough time in the jobs context over the last few years, so this new service is welcome and deliverable.”

Fair Start Scotland focuses on unemployed people further from the labour market and for whom work is a realistic prospect.

It is aimed at 16 and 17-year-olds who are disabled, or in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit, as well as people over the age of 18 who are out of work.

The service will match participants with an adviser, teach them new skills and help them build links with employers.

Participation is voluntary, which means people can choose to take part without fearing it will affect their benefits.

Mr Duffy added: “I think the partnership with Newsquest will be pivotal because community news is hugely resonant.

“What I hope to see is participants talking about their own successes and transformational journeys.”