Employability Support

About Employability Support


Purple Ed G LogoCHAI’s Employability & Support Service operates in the South-West of the City of Edinburgh and works with young people and adults, who are out of work, helping to address barriers to employability.

We also manage the South-West Activity Agreement Hub, operating from Gate 55 in Wester Hailes.  The Activity Agreement Programme we run provides opportunities for young people who are at risk of leaving school without a positive destination.

Tackling poverty and disadvantage is at the heart of everything that CHAI does, and a focus on employability outcomes runs through most of our key services. Sustainable, adequately paid employment represents a real pathway out of poverty for those who are out of work, but we recognize that the transition to being job-ready is not always a straightforward one.

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CHAI’s Employability and Support Service works as part of the City’s ‘Joined up for Jobs Strategy’, targeting in particular those who are categorized as being at Stages 1 & 2 of the Strategic Employability Pipeline (“Not Job Ready”).

The Employability & Support Service can be accessed by anyone aged over 16 years, living within the South-West area of Edinburgh.  The SW Activity Agreement Hub takes referrals from local schools.

The Service helps individuals to recognise and address issues such as debt, housing problems, addictions and any other social and/or economic barriers that can get in the way of moving towards work.

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We can help with:

  • Allocation of a personal Employability Support Worker
  • CV Preparation
  • Job Application Forms
  • Interview Preperation
  • Training Opportunities
  • Work Experience Placements
  • Confidence Building
  • Job Search Skills
  • Computer/Digital Skills
  • Benefits/Income Maximisation Advice
  • Volunteering Opportunities
  • Continued Support once you are in work/education

If you want to use our Employability Support Service, or wish to refer someone, you can download our Referral Form (below), or contact us via this website.

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We also offer a Drop In service at Wester Hailes Library (Thursdays:  2pm – 4pm)

CHAI is one of the organisations in the City who have been successfully assessed as meeting the ‘Joined Up For Jobs Customer Charter’, reflecting the standard of our commitment to Service Users.Joined up for Jobs Employability

Our Locations

CHAI Employability & Support staff are based at our (Main) Chesser Office, and regular Outreach Surgeries are provided each week from venues such as Wester Hailes Library.  The SW Activity Agreement Hub is delivered from Gate 55 in Wester Hailes.

For further details, or to arrange an appointment, contact Project Staff on 0131 442 2100.

Our Newsletters

We also produce bi-monthly newsletters with useful information on both employability and benefit issues for those who are looking for work, and those who have just returned to work.

For example, in our first issue, we cover tips on how to do a CV, but we’ve also included articles on how part-time work can exempt you from the benefit cap, and how you can do ‘permitted work’ while claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) without affecting your benefit money.

Topics: Benefit Cap # Permitted Work # and CV Tips

Topics: The new Individual Training Accounts (ITA) # Step-by-Step Guide for Dealing with your Benefits when you Start Work # and Debt Advice

Use the comment box if you wish to suggest ideas for articles in future newsletters.

To subscribe to our bi-monthly newsletters, send us an email with your email address through our Contact Page.

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