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We work with a wide range of funders, throughout Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway, to assist you with the recruitment, training and upskilling of your staff. Organisations we work with include Skills Development Scotland, Department for Work and Pensions, local councils and Hollywood Trust. Programmes we deliver include:

Employability Fund

We are contracted through Skills Development Scotland to support unemployed people to move towards and into work. The fund can be used to help young people who have recently left school or college, returners to work, redundant workers and those actively seeking employment.

Stage 2

This is a pre-employment programme which assists learners to gain employability skills and sector specific qualifications as well as work experience.  We work across all employment sectors to meet the career aspirations of the learner and link with local employment opportunities. At this stage all learners are required to complete a work experience placement, we assist learners to source quality work experience and encourage employers to play an active part in providing meaningful placements to allow the learner to develop the skills required for work.

At this stage the main qualification we deliver is the Introduction to Workplace Skills:

The Introduction to Workplace Skills gives young people a recognisable qualification, to show employers they have relevant experience for the workplace. It supports the Scottish Government’s Opportunities for All agenda, helping young people find work, and employers find the right people.

The Introduction to Workplace Skills is designed for 16-19-year-olds but is open to anyone. It includes at least 150 hours of work experience with the employer assessing the person’s skills for the certificate – like a reference, making it something that other employers can trust.

Stage 3

This is a pre-employment programme which assists learners to gain employability skills and sector specific qualifications as well as work experience.  We work across all employment sectors to meet the career aspirations of the learner and link with local employment opportunities. At this stage all learners are required to complete a work experience placement, we assist learners to source quality work experience and encourage employers to play an active part in providing meaningful placements to allow the learner to develop the skills required for work.

At this stage the main qualification we deliver is the Certificate of Work Readiness:

The Certificate of Work Readiness (CWR) gives young people a recognisable qualification, to show employers they have relevant experience for the workplace. It supports the Scottish Government’s Opportunities for All agenda, helping young people find work, and employers find the right people.

The CWR is designed for 16-19-year-olds but is open to anyone. It includes at least 190 hours of work experience with the employer assessing the person’s skills for the certificate – like a reference, making it something that other employers can trust.

Stage 4

Learners at this stage are recognised as being ready for work but lack specific qualifications that would allow them to take advantage of employment opportunities. Qualifications are sector specific and can include:

  • CSCS, Labourers Green Card
  • Forklift Licence
  • Personal Bar Licence
  • Food Hygiene
  • First Aid
  • SIA Door Supervisor
  • Packages can be developed to suit employer need

Modern Apprenticeships

Modern apprenticeships are work based qualifications, where the candidate shows competence against national standards. They help employers to develop their workforce by training new staff, and upskilling existing employees. For individuals, an MA is a job which lets them earn a wage and gain an industry-recognised qualification. Our workplace assessor will visit candidates in the workplace every 2-4 weeks to carry out assessments. We are contracted through Skills Development Scotland to deliver Modern Apprenticeships in Customer Service, Business and Administration, Hospitality and Management and in most instances, these are fully funded.

Please see our factsheets for further information on specific qualifications:

Level 2 Factsheet – Business Admin
Level 2 Factsheet – Customer Service
Level 2 Factsheet – Hospitality

Level 3 Factsheet – Business Admin
Level 3 Factsheet – Customer Service
Level 3 Factsheet – Hospitality
Level 3 Factsheet – Management

Recruitment Incentives

There may be assistance available for recruitment but this can vary in regards to eligibility, however our knowledgeable staff are always happy to have a chat regarding your requirements.