If you are over 25 years old, have a barrier to employment and are interested in using the Job Brokerage Service to find placements or work, please contact –

Stephenie Pagulayan – Employability Pathway Officer –

Solarhus, 3 North Ness Business Park, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0LZ

01595 744556

If you are between 16 and 25 years old, have a barrier to employment and are interested in using the Job Brokerage Service, please contact –

Shona Johnson – Employability Pathway Officer –

Solarhus, 3 North Ness Business Park, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0LZ

01595 744471

Further Information

For further information on the Employability Pipeline, please click on the link below to be taken to Shetland Islands Councils website page.


If you are between 16 and 25, have an autistic spectrum disorder and/or additional support needs and are interested in using the Transition service to find placements, training and work, please contact us –

Moving On, Market House, 14 Market Street, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0JP

Phone – 01595 743926     Email –

We can post referral forms out, email them, or they can be collected from our office in Market House. Referrals for the Transition Service can also be made from local schools, Skills Development Scotland, Shetland College,Job Centre Plus, local GPs/CPNs, Housing, Social Work, Social Care or indeed as a self referral.

“The staff recognised my desire and need to get in employment” (client quote)


Our services are free and confidential, but whether you access the Transition Service or the Job Brokerage service you will be given a person centred service. We will work with you to identify your skills and interests, strengths and weaknesses, what goals you wish to set and how best to provide the support you require in order to meet them.

You and your support worker will put together an Action Plan or Personal Development Plan (PDP) to keep record of your aims and goals and how we will help you achieve them. This usually involves breaking these goals down into smaller steps and working towards each one at a pace that suits you the most. Support workers will never pressure you into making decisions or make you do something you do not want to do, they are there to offer support and advice and to help you make progress to the goals you’ve set.

“Moving On has played an important part in getting me back into work.  I have first hand knowledge of how Moving On can make a difference to peoples lives.”

(client quote)

Support Workers are experienced in dealing with different benefits.  If a person is in receipt of benefits, careful attention will be made to ensure these are not affected and the necessary people are informed where required.  Moving On works closely with Citizens Advice Bureau and Job Centre Plus when supporting a client with benefits.

There are a wide range of different work opportunities that Support Workers can help clients to explore.  Moving On has a large database of local employers who support the project, many of whom currently support a work placement within their organisation.  Clients are supported to access work in their local area, helping to reduce social isolation.

85% of clients felt more part of their community, improved skills and confident about work

(Annual Evaluation of Service 2011)

For some people going out to work can be be difficult and therefore other options have to be explored.  Self-employment has potential to offer flexible work pattern, particularly to those who find leaving their home difficult for example due to a health problem.

Moving On aims to support people to ‘move on’ and therefore it is hoped that when someone is taken on the caseload that they will be supported to reach their full potential with regards to employment.  Every person is different therefore the length of time they will spend being supported by Moving On will depend on their needs.There are times when the service may be at capacity and new clients may be required to join a waiting list, however due to our ability to ‘move’ people on into positive outcomes, this usually means that new clients don’t have to wait too long.

85% of people discharged were still in employment, education or training (Annual Evaluation of Service 2011)