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Equal Employability

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In Scotland, areas of potential employment for people re-entering the labour market include Natural Heritage (of 11,750 UK employees with 2,200 additional employees each year), Tourism (Scottish Tourism employs 8% of the population within a £4B per year industry, and is growing) and  Construction (33,000 new employees required in Scotland before 2006). All these sectors are represented within the DP. There is strong evidence that there are a number of unemployed people who can be classed as "serial trainees" who move from one training programme to another, and never achieve a positive outcome. The EQUAL EMPLOYABILITY pilots seek to break the cycle and improve the success rate of the client groups.  

The potential jobs are there, the potential pool of labour has been identified: this partnership has been formed to support into employment those people who find themselves furthest from the labour market.


To test and develop innovative methods and approaches across pathways to employment that enable a range of disadvantaged beneficiaries to increase their employability. Also to empower organisations by increasing their skills set to deal with their client group more effectively through improved, structured training for deliverer


To deliver training and support at three levels:

  • Initial engagement in learning
  • Specific ‘job ready’ skills
  • Structured support during initial employment

Activities include
  • developing a roadmap and learning pathway for ex offenders and individuals leaving residential care which is relevant to their situation.
  • working with people with mental health problems to improve their skills through the use of art, drama and music
  • facilitating people from all sectors of society to become actively involved in their local environment
  • developing an aftercare and mentoring project
  • developing an interactive job search toolkit designed to help the long term unemployed into employment.
  • developing and delivering the Inside Out programme, a community-based employment focused programmes for ex-offenders.
  • tackling both social and geographic exclusion of those groups, across the North Highland area, with physical or mental disabilities, young people with learning difficulties and those who due to behavioural problems have become excluded from the workforce
  • improving young offenders future employability
  • working with Asperger sufferers who wish to work to raise awareness amongst Scottish employers.
 Target Groups
  • women
  • older people
  • people with physical disabilities
  • people with autistic spectrum disorders
  • mental health problems
  • prisoners and ex-offenders
  • people from areas of high unemployment in rural and urban areas
  • people with alcohol and drug dependency problems




Round 1 to Round 2

This Development Partnership was not involved in Round One.


Tommy Burns, Ayr College,


Action 2: 30 June 2007
Action 3: 31 December 2007

Equal theme

Facilitating access


The partnership has been formed in order to deliver the Equal programme to support those furthest from the labour market. It has brought together partners from relevant employment growth sectors (tourism, construction and natural heritage) and includes Further Education Colleges, Universities, Public, Private and Voluntary Sector Employment Agencies, Councils, Enterprise Groups, Voluntary Organisations, Private and Social Enterprise Companies. The project partners are from both rural and urban areas of Scotland and activities have been delivered on a national basis.


Ex-offenders, Jobseekers with low basic skills, Labour market returnees, People from disadvantaged areas (top 10% most deprived wards), People over 50, People with learning disabilities, People with mental health conditions
Total beneficiaries: 655

Intended impact/ sustainability

To produce sustainable models that move people into or nearer to the labour market by increasing their employability skills.

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