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Looking for a job or need help returning to work? Whatever your age or ability our Employment and Development Team are here to support you every step of the way.

From getting you online with a laptop and broadband access to work experience and training, we offer practical help and different programmes - including the Employability Fund and Work Preparation Courses - to get you ready for work.

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Back to work after raising a family

“The team offered me motivation and support and I rebuilt my confidence, identifying my personal skills and my career path. They supported me with vocational training, work placements in different settings and developed my interview technique. I have now been working as a Support Worker with Crossroads Care for two years which I thoroughly enjoy. It was the support of the employability team that helped me achieve this.” - Karen Kennedy

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What is the Employability Fund?

What is the Employability Fund?

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

The Fund provides training and work experience for unemployed adults of all ages. We can help improve your  chances of securing work, changing jobs or helping you to progress in your career. 

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Who is eligible?

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
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What are the benefits for employers?

What are the benefits for employers?

  • 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
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Work Preparation Courses

Work Preparation Courses

We offer short work-focused training courses to help prepare individuals into work.These courses are run when funding is made available.

We run them in partnership with local organisations, including the Department for Work and Pensions, and local businesses. 

All of these courses include skills required when seeking work 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.