Employability Fund

Employability Fund

The Employability Fund Programme works in partnership between Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, Cothrom (a training provider in South Uist) and Lews Castle College UHI. The fund is supported by Skills Development Scotland. The programme aims to provide every eligible Participant with an individual programme of guidance and support that will enable and encourage progression to sustained employment, employment with training (including Modern Apprenticeship) or further education.

Employability Fund Eligibility
Eligibility Type
16, 17 and 18 year olds, not in receipt of benefit and not in education, employment or training Allowance £55 per week
18–24 year olds 3 to 9 months unemployed Benefit or bursary
+ 25, 3 to 12 months unemployed Benefit or bursary

Training Programme

Training will be given in accordance with specific needs. There are three Stages to the Employability fund:

  • Stage 2- Core skills and/or employability and/or personal development
  • Stage 3- Employability and/or Vocational and Job Training
  • Stage 4- Pre-employment training and job matching

The entry Stage, progression through Stages and time on the Programme will depend on individual needs.

‘Our Skillsforce’ is brought to you by Skills Development Scotland and pulls together a wide range of skills related support into the one place.

Please visit Skills Development Scotland (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) and My World of Work (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) for further information on Employability Fund or contact the following:

Scott McConnell
Chief Executive Department
Human Resources – Organisational Development
Accredited Training & Skills
Sandwick Road
Stornoway
Isle of Lewis
HS1 2BW 

Tel: 01851 822795
E-mail: smcconnell@cne-siar.gov.uk

Murdo Smith
Lews Castle College
Castle Grounds
Stornoway
HS2 0XR

Tel: 01851 770000                                 

Skills Development Scotland
30 Francis Street
Stornoway   

Tel: 01851 708900
Fax: 01851 705874                                                                                   

Agnes Macdonald
Cothrom Ltd
Ormiclate
South Uist
HS8 5SB

Tel: 01878 700910
E-mail: agnes.macdonald@cothrom.net