Real Jobs

Real Jobs is a supported employment service to help people with a learning disability, autism, long term health condition or other support need to find paid work. The service is funded by a variety of sources and therefore is free to use for the client and the employer.

In April 2019 Real Jobs Edinburgh and Falkirk have been awarded Autism Accreditation again, this time Advanced status.

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For more details about any of these services, please contact fill in our online enquiry form here.

What is Supported Employment?


The aim of supported employment is that disabled people obtain sustainable work in the open labour market, where they are paid the going rate for the job.

Review of Disability Employment Services in Edinburgh 2013

Supported Employment helps people find paid employment.

Supported Employment provides personalised support to people by doing the following:

  1. Initial engagement: we meet you/you meet us/and we start to work together
  2. Vocational assessment: we work with you to help assess your skills/the type of job you want/areas that you need support etc.
  3. Job search: we look for work with and for you.
  4. Employer engagement: we work with employers to find jobs for the people we support.
  5. In-work support and aftercare: we support you in your job/and make sure every- thing is going well.

More information on Supported Employment can be found here:

Download pdf:
Scottish Government, 2010 ‘A Working Life for All Disabled People: The Supported Employment Framework for Scotland’.

Why is it needed


Currently the employment rate for people with a learning disability is 7% and people with autism is 15%, compared with 78% of the non-disabled population. (2016)

Finding a job can be very difficult, if not impossible, for someone who does not read or write, or who is not familiar with computers and online recruitment processes.

We can help overcome barriers people with support needs face when looking for a job.



Young people with support needs have the same hopes, plans and dreams as anyone else when leaving school. Real Jobs support for school leavers means they can complete a work experience placement and get help to look for work beyond that.

Real Jobs supports the person and their family understand the person’s abilities, and goals, and provides a plan with support to help them progress. Welfare Rights advice is provided to help the person with benefits changes when they reach 18 or when they get a job. We also help to make sure they are claiming everything they are entitled to.

Real Jobs currently has Transitions services in a number of special education schools across Edinburgh and Falkirk.

Support for service users


We provide person-centred support at each stage until we are no longer needed.

This means:

We will give you an Employment Advisor, who will give you help and advice throughout the process:

  • Help to chose the right job
  • Find suitable training
  • Get experience through work placements and volunteering
  • Advice on benefits and how work will affect them
  • Give help to create a CV
  • Give help to complete application forms
  • Practice for interviews

We will speak to employers with you and on your behalf.

When you get a job, we can:

  • Help with settling in at work
  • Make sure your wage is correct
  • Make sure your benefits are correct
  • Give Support to deal with any problems you have at work

Support for employers


Our FREE TO USE Real Jobs service can help you find staff to fill your vacancies. Our service users have support needs including learning disabilities, physical disabilities, autism or mental health conditions—this is no barrier to them finding and sustaining employment.

We have over 20 years of experience helping employers in Edinburgh fill their vacancies, in addition to providing ongoing in-work support. Under the Equality Act all employers have a duty to have an inclusive employment policy. Working together with Real Jobs will demonstrate your positive commitment to effective corporate social responsibility—and you get your vacancy filled as well!

  • Advice and support for you for the duration of the client’s employment
  • Job coaching, in-work training, e-learning, reasonable adjustments and funding
  • Help and advice, if needed, on redundancy, redeployment and other processes
  • Become a Disability Confident employer
  • Promote your business
  • Fulfil your corporate social responsibilities

We have a history of building strong, long-term relationships with employers. Please fill in our online enquiry form here to discover how we can help you.

Real Jobs Edinburgh

Real Jobs Edinburgh is part of All in Edinburgh: Edinburgh’s Supported Employment Consortium.


Is this service for me?

To access this service you must be:

  • over 16
  • have support needs
  • live in Edinburgh
  • aspire to find paid employment

You can access this service if you live outside of Edinburgh but would require funding such as a Direct Payment. To find out more click here.

Contact Us

Real Jobs Edinburgh
The Action Group
Norton Park Centre
57 Albion Road

Telephone: 0131 475 2315

Or please fill in our online enquiry form here.

Our funding

Real Jobs Edinburgh joined IntoWork, Forth Sector and Enable Works in April 2015 to became a part of the All in Edinburgh Supported Employment Consortium. We deliver a contract for Edinburgh City Council, partly funded by European Social Fund (ESF).

The Friends of Real Jobs

The Real Jobs Service User Group is called The Friends of Real Jobs. The group gives service users the chance to socialise as well as contribute to Real Jobs service delivery model and any relevant research and consultations.

The group is led by service users, with support from Real Jobs staff.


What do we do?

We talk about what it is like to use the Real Jobs service, what you think we do well and what you’d like us to do differently. Meetings are also a chance to find out about upcoming events and talk about issues which may affect people looking for work.

The Real Jobs managers come to the Friends Group to talk about plans for the future of Real Jobs and find out from service users how we can make the service better.

Who is it for?

Anyone who uses the Real Jobs service is welcome to be part of Friends of Real Jobs Group. Just ask your Employment Advisor for more information, or come along to one of our quarterly meetings.

When: Our next meeting is on 16th September 2019.

Where: The Action Group Office at Norton Park Centre. Please click here to be taken to Google maps.

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