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Momentum, an organisation which helps people with disabilities or who are disadvantaged train for employment has been named as the provider of the new Fair Start Scotland programme.

The organisation, which supported over 3,400 people last year, was announced as the lead provider for the North East when the programme launches in April 2018. The announcement was made by Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie Hepburn, yesterday (4th of October). 

Fair Start Scotland is a voluntary programme which helps those taking part find sustainable employment. Additional support will be available for those with disabilities that wish to take part in the scheme.

Momentum has changed the lives of thousands of people throughout Scotland over the last 20 years by providing training and helping people to access employment. The organisation has supported people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire through a range of programmes including Work First Scotland, brain injury and mental health services.

Momentum will continue to work with the Scottish Government and partner organisation, including Enable, SAMH, Aberdeen Foyer, and Lifeskills and Enterprise Mentoring, to deliver services in the North East. 

Commenting on the announcement, Momentum’s Head of Operation Steve Black said:

“We do important work to improve the lives of people who are disadvantaged or living with a disability in Scotland. We are delighted to have been successful in our bid to deliver the Fair Start Scotland programme to the people of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire."

"This will allow Momentum to continue to build on the positive work and strong relationships that we currently have in the North East and will build upon the work we are currently providing and help more people on their journey to finding sustainable employment and greater independence.”