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Access to Industry - Encompass (Access To Industry)

156 Cowgate
Access to Industry
0131 260 9721

Encompass is an education, training and employability service for people in Edinburgh living with complex needs. It helps people furthest removed from the labour market to build their skills, gain access to opportunities and, where appropriate, move into employment.

The programme offers one-to-one casework support so that participants can establish a positive, consistent relationship with one worker. Participants work through personal development action plans with their caseworkers. Progress is regularly reviewed to ensure that they are getting the maximum benefit. All support and training is delivered in a safe and supportive environment. Encompass offers bespoke, skill-based training delivered in outreach locations and via AI’s in-house community college. It also offers a wide range of employability opportunities, including supportive work placements and volunteering. Participants gain qualifications in core communication and employability skills.

Service Type


Client Group

Care experienced, Disability, Homeless / at risk of homelessness, Substance misuse, LGBT+, BME Groups, Criminal Convictions, and Long term unemployed

Target Area

All Edinburgh

Age group served

20-24, 25-29, and 30-50

Pipeline Stage

Stage 1 / Engagement, Stage 2 / Barrier Removal, Stage 3 / Vocational Activity, and Stage 4 / Job Matching

Outreach offered


People living in Edinburgh with complex needs aged over 21 years. Keen to progress themselves, and move towards a positive destination.

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