We are leading the development of an employability strategy in partnership with various agencies to prevent and reduce poverty by supporting more people into sustained employment:

  • Department of Work and Pensions
  • NHS Scotland
  • Skills Development Scotland

We support people who are disadvantaged or disengaged from society and help them prepare for, gain and sustain employment opportunities.

We help people who need support due to a variety of barriers including:

  • Learning and physical disabilities
  • Homelessness
  • Drug and alcohol addictions
  • Offending behaviour
  • Mental health issues
  • Care-leavers
  • Lone parents
  • Young people with additional support needs

Our services include:

  • Working with people individually and in small groups to help with confidence building and personal tasks such as developing CVs, job searching and interview preparation
  • Funding short training courses
  • Providing work experience to give people opportunities to help build their confidence and inter-personal skills
  • Facilitating work clubs across the Highlands which offer motivation skills, advise on interview techniques, help with literacy and numeracy, CV building, and job searching
  • Working with other agencies and organisations to coordinate inter-agency work and make sure people are helped to understand and navigate paths to employment and the “world of work”

The overall essence of our work, however, is to encourage and motivate people to be positive and keep trying to move towards employment.

Our service is part of our economy and regeneration section and works as part of our “Working together for the Highlands” economic and business growth strategy.

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