This week’s bulletin profiles a Glasgow-based organisation, set up in 1998, to address the under-representation of black and minority ethnic communities working in housing and other professions in Scotland. PATH (Scotland) has been providing high quality training and opportunities which are tailored to the needs of individuals – and enabling participants, when experience is gained, to compete effectively for employment within housing and other professions.
PATH’s core activities include three-year traineeships in collaboration with Registered Social Landlords or Local Authority Housing Departments. The traineeship provides participants with a structured work programme alongside a professional qualification on a day release basis. Trainees are currently undertaking the post graduate diploma in housing at university and the CIH level four diploma in housing studies at college.
Their traineeship model concentrates on providing all round housing management and maintenance experience. However, the remit of housing organisations is becoming increasingly diverse and they are currently working with a number of partners to provide some specialised traineeships. Examples of these include traineeships in factoring/debt collection or housing support. They are always keen to discuss ideas for specialised traineeships and can tailor the traineeship to meet the needs of the organisation.
In addition, PATH also runs a Leadership Programme. The Programme – Developing Management and Leadership Skills for Employment, Education and Public Life (DMLS) – began in August, running for a total of 8 sessions.
The DMLS Programme is funded by Scottish Government and enables BME men and women to consider the realities and perceptions of management and leadership today. It examines the impact of power inequalities in society and the implications in employment.
In spite of some challenges with funding, PATH continues to provide an increasingly important service both to our BME community as well as to a range of employers throughout Scotland.
For further information, contact:
19 Lynedoch Crescent
Glasgow G3 6EQ
Tel: 0141 332 9477