ILM Highland was set up in April 1994 as a charitable company by Ross & Cromarty District Council to carry out environmental improvement projects with long-term unemployed via an Intermediate Labour Market model. In 1997 the company became independent and now employs 37 people in six separate divisions at three centres across the Highlands & Islands, owns its own premises in Alness and has a turnover of £2 million.
The different services provided by the company are:
Transform: an integrated facility for the repair and reuse of White Goods and furniture, and dismantling and recycling. Local people benefit from employment and training, as do individuals on low income through the provision of refurbished goods.
Home Insulation: ILM Highland runs a highly successful scheme to insulate houses across the Highlands, insulating around 900 homes each year. The company is very much involved in Warm Deal and the Central Heating Initiative Highland wide.
ILM Highland Training: the training service provides tailor made courses in around sixteen different areas such as Health & Safety, Risk Assessment, as well as construction specific certificates. The training facilities are also available for hire. Able to accommodate up to 12 people the room is equipped with a multi-media projector, flip charts, OHP, TV and video. A breakout room is also available at no extra cost.
Care & Repair: the project provides free information and advice elderly and disabled tenants or homeowners on home improvements in Ross & Cromarty and Inverness. Staff helps by organising surveys, applying for grants or loans and organising the works of areas such as new windows and doors, rewiring or alterations.
HandyPerson Service: in 2003 ILM Highland was approached by the Community Care Forum in Ross & Cromarty and Sutherland to set up a Handy Person service in these areas for elderly and disabled tenants. Each Handy Person has a fully equipped van and can undertake odd jobs and small repairs. Clients are only charged the cost of materials for the job.
Employment Initiatives: around 70 participants are recruited each year and employed on a variety of environmental improvement projects. ILM Highland has successfully placed around 65% of participants in permanent jobs, providing 60% of these with appropriate vocational qualifications.
Andy Dytch, General Manager at ILM Highland since the beginning, looks forward to the opportunities over the next decade for the company and its partners to continue their work in social inclusion and to become an important centre for recycling and enterprise development within Highlands.
For further information, contact:
Unit 1g, Teaninich Industrial Estate
Highland IV17 0XS
Tel: 01349 884774