Skills for Employment


Looking for a job or need help returning to work? Whatever your age or ability our Employment and Development Advisors can offer you a personal approach to developing the skills you need to find employment.

We offer tailored, individual training plans to support your progression into employment or to help you to move on to more advanced forms of training. We have Advisors covering Lochaber and Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross.

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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 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.

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Support in your area

Support in your area

Visit your local college centre by appointment or drop-in for employability support:

  • UHI West Highland, Gairloch | alternate Tuesdays, 11am - 1pm. Gairloch Community Centre.
  • UHI West Highland, Mallaig | alternate Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm
  • UHI West Highland, Kinlochleven | alternate Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm

For professional advice in:

  • Creating or updating your C.V.
  • Completing and understanding digital and paper job applications
  • Interview skills and experience
  • Access current training and employment opportunities and much more

For more info contact: or 07769 165141