Now in its fourth year the Integrated Employability Service (IES) is delivered in partnership with Edinburgh College and funded by the City of Edinburgh Council.  Local community hubs based in some of the cities most deprived areas provide a one-stop shop for anyone who is unemployed and needing support to get back into learning or work.

A team of dedicated employability advisers work 1-1 to help people identify steps they can take to move into sustained employment, as well as access to a range of services essential in removing barriers to employment such as money advice and childcare.

Local partners such as Volunteer Centre Edinburgh and Forth Sector provide valuable specialist support.

Our East Hub is based in Craigmillar and services people who live in the Greater Craigmillar area including Niddrie, Bingham, Magdalene, Peffermill and Portobello. The North Hub, based in Muirhouse provides a service to Muirhouse, Drylaw, Pilton, Granton and the Harbour. We also operate an outreach service from 7 community venues across Leith.

Like all the work we do, our focus is on impacting long term change.  Our local, holistic, individualised approach produces results that are incomparable with some of the large, mass employability programmes on offer at present.

Community Renewal has supported  over 1200 people into work through this service with over 90% of these people resident in three of the city’s most deprived neighbourhoods.

John* is a former client of Community Renewal who, like many of our clients, felt anxious, frustrated and overwhelmed with the pressures of job searching and a lack of support from the statutory agencies.  John had been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD and had problems with reading and writing.  His Community Renewal Caseworker spent time getting to know him and identified a passion for gardening with some former work experience.  Over time he was supported to the point where he applied for and was successful in securing a job as an Apprentice Gardener.  You can read his story here.