Employability Grant Programme

In the financial year 2022-23 East Lothian’s Local Employability Partnership (LEP), led by East Lothian Works, established an Employability Grant Programme to deliver a greater range of employability services. The aim of this programme is twofold; to help reduce unemployment and increase income through employment. The grant programme allowed East Lothian Works to increase collaboration with third and private sector partners resulting in a more targeted and flexible employability service in East Lothian.

Due to the great success of the initial year another grant programme is being delivered in 2023-24, funded by the UK government's Shared Prosperity Fund and the Scottish government's No One Left Behind. Our current partners, delivering a range of employability services, are:

Access to Industry are running the East Lothian Offenders Employability programme which works with people who have experience of the criminal justice system.

Barnado’s are delivering the Fit for Work and Step2Work programmes which work with young people to address individual barriers and assist them to progress into the labour market.

Bridges Project are running the Spark Your Future programme which works with young people furthest from the labour market to help them develop the confidence and skills to move into employment or education.

ENABLE Scotland are running the All In East Lothian and Progress for Parents programmes. The All In programme provides specialist employability support for people who have a disability or long-term health condition.  Progress for Parents is a programme that provides support for people with a family member that has a disability.

Street League are running the Connected programme, which are sector based taster programmes for young people furthest away from the labour market.

RUTS are running their Academy programme which offers flexible support for young people that focuses on employability and core skills.

Into Work are running their Inclusion Works programme which offers employment support for young people with a disability.

Edinburgh College are delivering courses in Childcare and Social care.