New staff joining the social care workforce are to have entry costs paid by the Scottish Government until the end of March.
Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) checks and Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) registration will now be funded to help encourage more staff into the profession and address winter staffing pressures.
The scheme covers staff taking up direct care posts in adult social care, as well as other sectors and in the local authority, private and third sectors.
Basic PVG checks cost £59. SSSC registration costs between £25 and £80 depending on the role. The estimated cost of the scheme is £465,000
Eligible applicants who register with SSSC will be identified when registering for eligible roles and will have no fee to pay.
Eligible applicants applying for PVG should use the prefix FSC when prompted during their application.