Opportunity to join Employability Pipeline initiative

Aberdeen City Council is seeking organisations to take part in the Employability Pipeline, a Progress Through Positive Partnerships initiative.

Progress Through Positive Partnerships is designed to provide support and tailored assistance to develop employment and vocational skills for city residents. It is an innovative project which seeks to support people into work through the delivery of a broad range of support and training provision.

Part funded by the European Structural Fund (ESF), the £2.2million project, which forms part of the City Centre Masterplan, will see the Council work in partnership with a range of organisations, including charities, to provide increased employability services and positive outcomes across the city.

Council officers would like to meet with organisations to explain the project, how organisations can participate in it, how to register on Public Contracts Scotland, provide guidance on how to submit a tender and explore funding opportunities which may be open to successful bidders.

The event takes place between 12 noon and 2pm on Tuesday the 1st of May at the Town House.

A broad range of provision is being sought, including: work experience across all sectors and disciplines; ESOL provision at all levels; employability skills including CV development and interview skills; computing skills from beginner to advanced; food hygiene and first aid certification; fork lift training; security, construction, hospitality, health and social care and retail; early interventions; one-to-one support; counselling, confidence building; resilience/self-sufficiency; personal care; and creative engagement. This is not an exhaustive list and the project team is keen to hear about innovative proposals which organisations may wish to put forward.

The project is also seeking key workers to complement the existing provision.

Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader and Convener of the City Growth and Resources Committee, Councillor Douglas Lumsden, said “Progress Through Positive Partnerships will establish and develop a strategic employability pipeline.

“It aims to improve the co-ordination of service provision and ensure that those in need of it receive local support tailored specifically to address their individual needs.  We are keen to encourage organisations in the city to become involved in the project.”

The ESF is contributing £880,000 (40%) of the project funding.

If you would like to find out further information or indicate your interest in attending please contact Angela Taylor, Senior Project Officer, angtaylor@aberdeencity.gov.uk.