Employability and job support - Covid-19

East Lothian Works - advice and employability support (including Young Person's Guarantee)

Our office is closed but we are still open for business. Our helpline is open to all residents of East Lothian.

Call us - 07890 066391, open Mon-Friday, 10am-4pm (you can leave us a message outwith these hours)

Email us: elworks@eastlothian.gov.uk


Young people (at school)
  • information and support applying for a Foundation Apprenticeship
  • advice about future pre-vocational courses and how to apply
  • online support for school pupils currently accessing a pre-vocational course with East Lothian Works (contact our helpline number or email us)
  • access to e-learning (contact our helpline number or email us)
Post school and adults
  • employability - we offer a range of courses including general employability skills and sector specific training - support to move into work is offered in groups or on a 1:1 basis
  • No One Left Behind - we offer 1:1 support if you are not job ready but wish to take your next steps towards employment, further education or training - this includes individuals about to leave school or who have left school, including all ages of adults
  • Adult Literacy and Numeracy (ALN) - learning and building new skills, upskilling for work and SQA qualifications
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Skills Development Scotland offer:

  • SDS National Helpline - 0800 917 8000
  • career information, advice and guidance for all people- via telephone, Skype or online. 
  • to speak to a careers ddviser: call the local SDS team on 0131 665 3120 or visit www.myworldofwork.co.uk
  • for school pupils and parents -  school careers advisers can be contacted via telephone, Skype or email - you can also get referred to your school careers adviser by contacting your school or the local SDS team on 0131 665 3120
  • anybody at risk of or who has been made redundant, can access our PACE (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment) support service - individuals and employers can call the PACE Helpline on 0800 917 8000 or visit www.redundancyscotland.co.uk

Job search support

If you are looking for employment, at risk of losing your job, facing reduced hours or have lost your job because of covid-19 - these websites have information to help you get support and to search for live job vacancies:

Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region

Search live vacancies on the covid-19 job support website 

Find a job (from the Department of Work and Pensions)

Search job vacancies on the government's job matching service 

Tourism and hospitality

Search the jobs portal for workers from tourism and hospitality

Rural and land-based sector

The skills matching service from Lantra puts businesses and potential employees with relevant skills and experience in touch with each other.

Join the skills matching service 

DYW Skills Academy: Get Industry Ready

Did you leave school this summer?  Are you looking for a job or apprenticeship?  The DYW Skills Academy is for you. 

The ‘Get Industry Ready’ sessions give insight, skills and knowledge needed to build your industry readiness. You will learn at your own pace with weekly video content delivered by industry experts alongside bite sized e-learning and to top off the experience, if you are actively applying for jobs or apprenticeships there are additional experiences just for you.

Find out more on the Skills Academy website

Further sources of support with jobs and careers