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Employability Support

Employability Support

Working with various statutory and third sector partners the Employability Support Team can assist anyone living in Orkney, who is actively seeking employment or looking to enter education or training to gain full-time or additional employment. We can offer practical assistance if you are returning to the work market after an absence such as raising children or health issues or looking to retrain for a better job.

Working to the principles of Scottish Government No One Left Behind delivery plan, the Employability Support Team can offer personalised one-to-one and group work support to people who are looking to increase their confidence, knowledge and skills in various areas and progress towards learning, training or employment.


Spotlight on: Childminder Training Programme

Orkney Islands Council's Employability Service has launched a fully funded training programme aimed at supporting ten individuals through the process of starting up their own childminding business.

The programme has been devised the Council’s Employability Service and covers everything a new child minder will need to do to achieve registration with the Care Inspectorate from child development and first aid training to business startup advice.

Read our press release to find out more including how to register for an online information session planned for 25 January 2022.

What we can offer:

This will be down to the individuals and groups we work with, and what people tell us they would like support with. It could include;

  • Gaining confidence with new situations
  • Support with health and wellbeing
  • Getting involved with the local community
  • Information on benefits and support to apply
  • Information about learning opportunities available
  • Support to access and gain qualifications
  • Support to look at work tasters/ volunteering
  • Support to access career information
  • Support to look for and apply for jobs
  • In work support

We will work with you to establish your goals and aspirations’ and offer continued support to help you achieve these. You will have access to regular contact and support in a way that suits you.

If you are an employer and looking to develop a more inclusive workforce, but aren’t sure where to start, there is a range of support and training available that you or your staff can access. Take a look at the information on that's been pulled together by the Inclusion and Diversity Group of the Local Employment Partnership, aimed at supporting employers to recruit and support a diverse workforce - available from the Related Sites section below.


Contact us

If you would like more information on the support we can offer please contact us using the information below:

 Lindsey Johnson

Email - Lindsey Johnson

Community Learning and Development Officer

01856 873535 ex 2437

Morgan Geddes-Ward


Email - Morgan Geddes-Ward 

Employability Keyworker

01856 873535 ex 2411

Related Links

Related Sites

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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