Skills for Employment

Employment & Development Team

Working with funding from Skills Development Scotland, West Highland College UHI’s Employment and Development Advisors can offer you an individualised approach to developing the skills needed to find employment or to help you to move on to more advanced forms of training.

For further information, please contact:

Employability Fund

The Employability Fund is a programme funded by Skills Development Scotland which aims to support employability, vocational training and employment opportunities linked to the local labour market.

The programme is designed to assist unemployed adults of all ages by providing training and work experience, to enhance their chances of securing work, change career direction and/or advance their career objectives.

Who is Eligible?

Eligibility checks are carried out by Jobcentre Plus or Referring organisations but many people can access Employability Fund provision including:

  • An Individual who is 17 or under who has reached their statutory school leaving date, is not in education, employment or training and case managed by SDS.
  • An Individual who is 17 or under who has reached their statutory school leaving date, is not in education, employment or training and not case managed by SDS.
  • An individual who is 18 or over, not in education, employment or training and not in receipt of benefit.
  • An individual of any age who is under threat of redundancy and within 13 weeks immediately prior to their notified date of redundancy.
  • An individual who is 18 or over in receipt of benefit, unemployed for 13 weeks and more and not participating on the Work Programme.
  • An individual who is 18 or over, in receipt of benefit, unemployed for less than 13 weeks, not participating on the Work Programme, and falls into one of the specific categories below:
    • Left school in the previous 52 wks
    • Disabled person
    • Lone Parents
    • Refugees
    • Sector Based Work Academies
    • SIMD
    • Redundant Worker
    • Ex Offenders
    • DWP Work Programme Completers
    • Returners to the Labour market
    • Indirect benefit recipient
    • Progressing to a high stage of EF

Benefits to Employers from Participation in Employability Fund

  • Mature, experienced and committed staff
  • Recently trained staff with current certification
  • Individuals with current skills
  • Additional training may be accessed to meet your organisation’s needs
  • The opportunity to assess suitability before employment

Work Preparation Courses

In partnership with local organisations, including the Department of Work and Pension, and employers West Highland College UHI provides short work-focused training to help prepare individuals into work.

These courses are run when funding is made available.

These individuals are usually recruited through Jobcentre Plus and can be from a variety of disadvantaged groups, eg. lone parents, people on benefits, young people who need more choices and chances.

All of these courses include skills required when seeking employment such as:

  • Assertiveness/confidence building
  • Analysis of existing skills and experience
  • Preparing a Curriculum Vitae
  • Completing job application forms and letter writing
  • How to succeed at interviews
  • Working as part of a team
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and improving fitness

In addition, industry specific training is included which has been developed in consultation with local employers including: Construction, Care and Hospitality. The college can also develop specific bespoke training courses for employers to meet certain recruitment needs.