Integrated Employability Service
As part of the Integrated Employability contract we are delivering a service that helps individuals achieve or move closer to sustainable employment. It is our objective to work with the client and listen to them and together we aim to find employment that best matches their skills, values, desires and improves their financial situation. Each action plan is individually tailored to the needs of the individual. We help with CVs, application form, interview skills, identifying training and volunteering, and helping each person identify their potential and improve their personal and employment prospects. We also provide advice and guidance, whilst our clients are in work, regarding any issues they wish support on.
We hope to build on our existing partnerships and we have only recently started an exciting new partnership with Hibernian Community Foundation which has tremendous potential to build on its existing range of services for local people.
We propose to lead and try and co-ordinate a more joined up approach to Digital Skills Learning in the Hub area. We have identified a need for a follow up to the course run by DSA. According to the 2011 Census Leith has an unusually high percentage of older unemployed people- lack of IT skills probably an issue. We are in the process of setting up another Computer Jobsearch Drop in ran by volunteers, peer supporters and possibly a Project Scotland Volunteer.
We have listened to our community and our research suggests we need to improve computer skills, motivation, potential and aspirations of socially excluded over 40s. We intend to do this through improving peer support and developing group activities and also help many from this group improve their IT Skills. Leith is a friendly magnet for migrants. We need also to be ready to continue to support Leiths diverse and continually changing community.