The Hub Skills Academy
Garry registered with our services in August 2017. He described his life up to now as "chaotic" and he'd never had a job because of that.
Garry man began at our Hospitality Skills Academy. That’s one of our specialised training academies (Construction is the other one) where you can learn employability skills, visit hotels such as Gleneagles and Crieff Hydro and get a package of qualifications. After that you go on a work experience placement, and then hopefully after that move into employment.
Because this client had never worked, he needed to learn some employability skills and gain confidence. We felt that our Skills Academies would be perfect for delivering the range of training, upskilling and motivation that he needed.
Garry managed to secure a position with a partner company of the training providers almost immediately! He had only just completed the first week.
He was given a role with a company in Tenerife as a Back of House Assistant. He received some basic Spanish language skills and Job Centre Plus assisted him with getting a fast-track passport. By the end of the next week he was settled in Spain, ready to start the next chapter of his life.
Anyone can come to The Hub centre for support into work, and if you face two or more serious barriers to employment, our ESF Employability Pipeline team can give you targeted support.
For example, you might have left school after 4th Year and be keen to work but not know where to start. You might have been made redundant and be struggling to find your place in society again. You might be tackling issues around mental health or be long-term unemployed. Or you might be nearing retirement age and finding that there aren’t as many doors opening to you.
We help you to find out what you’d like to do next. That could be getting back into the same sort of job you’ve had before, or doing something completely new and different. We encourage you to think outside the box and try new opportunities. We have lots of great ideas, and we have good relationships with supportive, welcoming employers.
We help you to believe in yourself and develop your skills and confidence, so that you will feel ready to take the next step.
Karen Henderson, ESF Employment Support Advisor, says: “I like to see people coming in every week, and moving forward, and their confidence is building and they’ve got a real passion for something that we’ve talked about. I’ve said to them, try thinking outside the box, what about this, and they’ve never thought about that before. And if they get a job, that’s fantastic. Or they might go to college, they might want to get back into studying. I like just seeing the change in people.”
We did a fantastic project with St Johnstone Football Club and some guys who were on the Community Payback order. We delivered employability skills, including mock interviews and CVs. We even got our tracksuits on to do fitness training with them!
Read about St Johnstone FC / Criminal Justice project
Karen says: “I’d like to continue my work with homeless people, delivering Employability skills. I’d like to do group sessions for anyone who’s interested, too, so that our clients can meet and share experiences.”
Lesley adds, “We offer Skills Academies in Construction and Hospitality but I’d like to develop them in other areas of work. I’d also like to work more closely with Criminal Justice, to support those with criminal records to move on and find work. We’d also like to go out and target groups of clients and invite them to use the service.”
If you’re looking to move into work, volunteering or training, the easiest way is to pop in and visit us, at 31-33 South Street, or call 01738 459609. We are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (9.30am – 12.30pm on Wednesdays). You can just pop in – you don’t need an appointment.
We’ll have an initial chat to find out what you need support with and how we can work together.
If you’re an employer who’d like to work with us or find out more about our Skills Academies, Wage Incentive scheme or Job Match service, please call 01738 459609 or email [email protected]