Routes to Employment

Employability support is offered either in a group setting or on a 1:1 basis. The process begins with an informal interview to discuss your individual learning needs. The learning environment is relaxed and friendly and learning materials are identified to fit with your individual learning plan. Whether you are seeking work or in work and looking for a change in career support is on offer.

East Lothian Works Personal Development training 

Thinking about returning to employment, education or training? East Lothian Works offers an Employability and Personal Development course. The course focuses on confidence building, personal development and employability skills. Participants are offered opportunities to: 

  • explore possible career paths
  • employability essentials (CV and application forms) 
  • build up your interview skills 
  • gain accredited SQA in Employability 
  • work placement (help with travel costs) 
  • elementary food hygiene 
  • emergency first aid

Routes to Work

Routes to Work is a more in-depth programme for learners at all levels who are looking for support to enhance their employability skills. There is also an opportunity to improve your writing and IT skills. Learners may be in work at the moment and looking for a change in career, or out of work but ready to progress into employment. 

Course content includes:

  • creating a CV 
  • completing application forms
  • developing interview skills
  • job searching 
  • researching career opportunities 

Skills for Work

Working in partnership with Edinburgh College, Skills for Work is designed to enable learners to explore vocational pathways in a supportive, community-based setting. Offering units in Early Education and Childcare or Introduction to Health and Social Care - the programme is designed for learners who would like to get back into learning or are thinking about going to college. Studying one morning a week at Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre, Skills for Work offers an ideal opportunity for adults wishing to build their skills and confidence, and explore new study and career horizons.

Programme includes:

  • studying SQA units in a relevant subject - delivered by Edinburgh College tutors
  • registration as an Edinburgh College student
  • employability support through a range of East Lothian Works' services - including Adult Literacy
  • free crèche and assistance with travel costs

James' story

James’ JobCentre Plus work coach referred him to East Lothian Works. Having been out of work for a decade while he provided full-time care for his son, James didn’t have an up-to-date CV or IT skills.

Help to write a CV

James was given support to write a CV and a covering letter. He was encouraged to volunteer at the Men’s Shed which gave him an up to date reference and relevant experience to add to his CV. He followed this up with a volunteering role in the Council’s Countryside Ranger Service. James enjoyed learning new skills and meeting people and his confidence, skills and knowledge grew. He decided to apply to become a Seasonal Amenity Operative post with in the Council.

Support for interview

It had been some time since James had last applied for a job so he was guided by East Lothian Works when completing the application form. The team also arranged for James to have a mock interview where he was provided with advice and guidance on interview techniques.

A permanent job

James was delighted to be offered the post and was keen to be trained on all aspects of the role thereby learning new skills and contributing as a valuable member of the Amenity Services team. After six months working with the service, James successfully secured – a job he holds now, more than three years on. It’s an active role working mainly outdoors and one which he really enjoys, saying: “I love it, I’ve been doing so much stuff, I'm here, there and everywhere. It’s great.”