Employability Orkney was a project originally launched and funded by a partnership between Orkney Islands Council, HIE Orkney, Jobcentre Plus and Orkney Disability Forum. The remit of this partnership was to focus on the employment barriers being faced by socially excluded people in the Orkney community. This is a broad remit including individuals with a learning disability, physical disability, mental health needs, alcohol/substance misuse needs, ex-offenders, care leavers, long-term unemployed and anyone who experiences a disadvantage in entering the labour market.
In order to develop and promote employability amongst those furthest from the labour market in Orkney, Employability Orkney was established as an independent organisation in November 2005. Employability Orkney is now a recognised Scottish charity, and company limited by guarantee.
Supported Employment Agency - our job coaches work with you to help you find and sustain employment.
Restart Orkney - a furniture and household goods recycling social enterprise. Shop opening hours 11am to 3pm Monday to Saturday.
Short Cut - a grass cutting and horticultural (poly tunnel) social enterprise
HiP - a home improving project incorporating painting, decorating, soft furnishings and a short course for first time tenancies.
Computer Health Centre - a recycling, computer maintenance, advice and guidance service.
PAT - portable appliance testing service.
In order to deliver as effective and wide reaching a range of services as possible, Employability Orkney takes an innovative approach to partnership working, with a focus on co-planning, and shared responsibility for service design and delivery.
Partnership working allows Orkney’s third sector services to be delivered in a joined up way. This has benefits both strategically, in terms of providing a well balanced service, and operationally in terms of combining resources.
Employability Orkney is currently working very closely in partnership with Orkney Blide Trust in developing a 'Three Step Model' which aims to break the cycle of clients moving between agencies without progressing towards sustainable employment by providing a structured and supported route for those actively seeking recovery and employment.
Employability Orkney’s other key partner agencies are Orkney Islands Council, Orkney Housing Association, Careers Scotland, Crossroads, Enable Scotland, Job Centre Plus, Orkney College, Support Training Limited, St Colm’s Day Centre, and Voluntary Action Orkney.
For more info`, contact;
Social Enterprise Development Officer
Former Coastguard Station
Tel: (01856) 876612
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