Redundancy help in Scotland
Employers make redundancies for many reasons – a strong competitor, falling demand, economic downturn or advances in technology. However it happens, being made redundant is never easy.
We've got advice to help you deal with redundancy, plus information on where to get support.
Facing redundancy? Get support from PACE
If you've been made redundant or are facing redundancy, it's likely you'll have a lot of questions. You can speak face-to-face with someone and get the support and advice you need to work out your next step. Contact Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) on 0800 917 8000 for free, impartial advice.
PACE is a free Scottish Government scheme. Our advisers can help you:
PACE in your area
The Positive Steps guide has useful information to help you through the redundancy process. Our national and local PACE guides have details on who can help when you're being made redundant. Find contact details for your local council, SDS centres, Jobcentre Plus and other organisations who can help.
Are you an employer?
PACE advisers can help employers who are planning or thinking of making redundancies, too. Find out how we can support you and your staff on Our Skillsforce. There's also help available for business recovery specialists.
Ready to catch an employer's eye? We've got advice and tools to help you revamp your CV, cover letter and application forms:
Getting ready for an interview can be difficult, especially if you haven't had one for a long time. We can help you prepare.
How PACE helped Michele get a new job
After being made redundant from her job as a senior administrator, Michele Mackay needed advice on applying for jobs.
She met with PACE advisers who helped her rethink the way she was writing CVs and application forms. First up was condensing her CV from a hefty five pages to a more reader-friendly two.
When her dream job was advertised with HM Coastguard, Michele wanted to go for it. But the competency-based application was tricky.
'There's certain criteria that they're looking for and you need to hit key words – without necessarily knowing what they are,' she says.
'The advisers at PACE helped me with the application form. I would really have struggled to complete it without them. Their guidance on things like what wording to use was invaluable.'
Now, Michele is a Maritime Operations Officer for HM Coastguard, dealing with 999 calls.
'It's a fantastic job and I really enjoy it,' she says. 'Being told you're about to be made redundant is a scary thing to happen but there is great support out there. I definitely wouldn't have got this job without PACE.'
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