Network of Employability Services and Training

The Network of Employability Support and Training (NEST) is a programme of grant-funded providers supporting clients in Edinburgh with employability.

A total of 17 projects began delivering support on 1 April 2019, with projects funded until March 2022. These projects wrap around the larger, contracted provision.

Access to Industry - EdinME

EdinMe is a service for people aged 16-21 with emerging and entrenched mental health issues affecting their progression towards sustained employment. Developing referral routes, EdinMe will particularly seek to support those who are care experienced and young people leaving prison – groups who are particularly susceptible to poor mental health. Through 1:1 appointments, group work, and an embedded employability focus, the project will support young people to improve their mental health and achieve positive outcomes.

Action for Children - Reach Out

Reach Out aims to address inequalities by raising attainment and aspirations amongst vulnerable young people aged 16-24 who have poor educational outcomes. This provision will help close the attainment gap by targeting those who are at a significant disadvantage and experiencing considerable difficulties. Programmes will be delivered in local communities supporting up to 8 participants on each programme. Participants will expect to complete an SQA core skills qualification or similar as well as take part in various personal development sessions, practical workshops and community challenges. On completion of the programme, participants would be supported to explore higher levels of training, education or employment and secure a positive destination.

Action for Children - Youthbuild

Youthbuild provides recognised industry qualifications, vocational training and work experience leading to full-time employment within the construction industry. All training is delivered in house and includes CSCS (5-year green card), SQA Level 4 Health and Safety in a Construction Environment and several other certificated qualifications. The programme is aimed at unemployed young people aged 16-24 who may be experiencing barriers to employment. The programme is 6 weeks in total including a 4 week training period followed by a 2-week work trail with an employer. On successful completion of the work trial, participants will be offered employment. Participants will be supported in work for up to 6 months through regular site visits.

All Cleaned Up - Clean 2 Change

Clean 2 Change is an Industrial Cleaning Sector Based Work Academy consisting of 8-week Employability, Vocational and Work Experience Programme. Using existing robust referral systems, the programme will target those individuals on stage 3 of the employability pipeline, 16+ with convictions, to offer a range of tickets such as CSCS, forklift, first aid, and PAT.

Broomhouse Centre - South West Edinburgh Employability Training (SWEET) Project

South West Edinburgh Employability Training (SWEET) Project builds upon the Café Training Project which has been delivered in Broomhouse for over 16 years. A fixed-term training programme that combines catering & employability skills with social & emotional support with a view to helping people with barriers to employment move on to a better, more stable, and happier place. Trainees get involved with all aspects of our catering function and therefore build experience in customer service, baking, cooking, barista skills, kitchen duties, outside catering, and catering for events. Through a complementary mix of on-the-job training, catering education sessions, accredited qualifications and person-centred social support, trainees get a firm foundation in catering sector knowledge and experience, plus support to remove their barriers to employment.

Canongate Youth - The Gate

The Gate is an employability and wellbeing support service for aged 16-24 to people at stage 1 of the strategic skills pipeline. This service works specifically with young people at stage 1 who are facing multiple barriers to employment, particularly targeting those with mental health difficulties and care experienced young people, through 1-1 support sessions which will focus on employability skills as well as general wellbeing, groupwork interventions and work experience in our Old School Café.

CHAI - Employability and Support Project

The Employability and Support Project helps unemployed adults in South West Edinburgh addressing barriers to employability. The service provides early intervention work, targeting those who are categorised as being at Stages 1 & 2 of the Strategic Employability Pipeline. It's open to everyone, including clients with mental health issues, clients who are over 50 years old and clients with caring responsibilities. Barriers include language barriers; low skills; low numeracy, literacy and digital skills and mental health issues.

Citadel Youth Centre - Futureheads

Futureheads is a locality-based service for 16-21 year olds in North East Edinburgh, who are at stage 2 of the pipeline. Futureheads will also provide an ‘in house’ stage 2 progression for young people on Activity Agreements, who are accessing our activity agreement hub (stage 1). Futureheads will provide a Careers Café; Employability Skills and a Volunteering Placement on a weekly basis.

Community Renewal - Employment Safety Net (ESN)

ESN runs in the Portobello and Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership Area and transforms employability and social outcomes for vulnerable young people. It targets 16-24 year olds at stages 1-2 in deprived areas who are: care leavers; leaving prison; offenders/ex-offenders; young parents; carers; and/or have mental health issues. ESN provides 1-1 support to aid a young person's development towards their chosen goals. Clients can receive the following:

  • Digital skills
  • Vocational training
  • Progression into education/further education
  • Support to create a CV/complete application forms
  • Help with job searching
  • Interview preparation
  • Volunteering and work experience through employer engagement.
Cyrenians - Foundations to Employment

Foundations to Employment works with those furthest from employment who struggle to access employment and training providers. Clients are long-term unemployed inactive people with complex issues, including mental health difficulties, trauma, substance misuse, experience of criminal justice and homelessness. Referrers recognize that our intensive, one-to-one approach is most needed for this marginalised group.

Cyrenians - Key to Potential

Key to Potential offers one-to-one outreach support to 16 year old non-attenders as they transition from school at stage 1 of the pipeline. These young people may only have received very limited, if any, careers support and are at high risk of not gaining a positive destination and becoming long-term unemployed. Clients are highly likely to face additional barriers including social isolation, poor mental and physical health, chaotic home life, poverty, Additional Support Needs and homelessness.

Dunedin Canmore - EVOLS

EVOLS provides young people (16 – 24) who are vulnerable or at risk (stages 1 – 2 of the strategic skills pipeline) living in Edinburgh with opportunities to build confidence, work with others, learn new skills, have positive experiences and improve employability. This is done through a mixture of weekly outdoor learning activities, practical conservation work, residential’s and accreditation, designed to improve social and personal development in young people and includes topics such as housing, health, budgeting, relationships, community engagement and employability.

Impact Arts - Bridges Project

The Bridges Project will deliver an integrated programme of creative learning activities, supporting young people at Stages 1-2 (aged 16-25) to develop life skills, gain accreditation and actively progress to positive destinations. Participants will be recruited into and be able to progress through a 3 phase programme moving from tenancy support through structured support in creative group work settings, to intensive, longer-term employability support, learning to work as part of a team and with opportunities to develop self-motivation and employability skills.

LINKNet - Mentoring for Employment Training Project

Mentoring for Employment Training project of LINKnet aims to support employment and education development of people from all minority ethnic groups in Edinburgh including refugees. Those who seek LINKnet service have many barriers to their development: Some examples are, language, the lack of knowledge on employability skills, the lack of self-confidence, the lack of understanding of British culture, stereotyping and prejudices. One to one mentoring sessions together with other complementary activities prepare the job seekers to overcome those barriers through the exchange of knowledge and experience.

Support @ Work - Support @ Work

Support@Work is an employment rights and responsibilities project linked to Edinburgh Trade Union Council, the service is staffed by two senior experienced union officials Monday to Friday via a Freephone, with an answer machine service, linked to staff mobiles. Support@Work provides casework support and representation on employment rights to workers/employability service users being supported by health professionals, employability/employment advisers within Edinburgh. Support@Work can also provide training for staff on employment rights/law issues on a costed basis.

Volunteer Edinburgh - Voluntary Work Coach

This service will support individuals to access volunteering opportunities which test their work-readiness and improve employability by developing hard and soft employment skills, gaining valuable work experience and CV/interview material. Target clients are aged 16 in pipeline stages 1 and 2, experiencing complex/multiple barriers (mental health problems, disabilities, poor English language, low confidence/self-esteem), as well as pipeline stage 5 (in-work poverty). The service also assists volunteering organisations (charities, social enterprises, public bodies) to identify & support opportunities which address the employability aspirations of clients.

WorkingRite - Leith Pioneers

The project will have an initial focus on schools within the north-east and South-West localities of Edinburgh. The target clients will be persistent school non-attenders (age 15-18), identified through the project key worker who will work in liaison with identified schools to engage with young people approaching school leaving date. The induction programme (4-6 weeks) will offer them strategies for dealing with these barriers and strengthen their ambitions/plans for the future. Activities including conflict resolution, timekeeping, confidence building, money management and CV writing.

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