Employability support is offered either in a group setting or on a 1:1 basis. The process begins with an informal interview to discuss your individual learning needs. The learning environment is relaxed and friendly and learning materials are identified to fit with your individual learning plan. Whether you are seeking work or in work and looking for a change in career support is on offer.

New Opportunities East Lothian (NOEL)

New Opportunities East Lothian (NOEL) is an employability and personal development course aimed specifically at people who are ready to progress into employment or further learning. The first half of the course focuses on personal development, in particular confidence building, identifying existing skills and goal setting. In the second half participants will complete an SQA in Employability, carry out a work placement and have the opportunity to gain certificates in Elementary Food Hygiene and Emergency First Aid.

Course content includes:

  • Explore possible career paths
  • Achieve an accredited SQA in Employability
  • Compile a CV, and build up your interview skills
  • Work placement

Routes to Work

Routes to Work is designed for learners who are looking for support to enhance their employability skills. Learners may be in work at the moment and looking for a change in career, or out of work but ready to progress into employment.

Course content includes:

  • Creating a CV
  • Completing application forms
  • Developing interview skills
  • Job searching

Skills for Work

Working in partnership with Edinburgh College, Skills for Work is designed to enable learners to explore vocational pathways in a supportive, community-based setting. Offering units in Early Education & Childcare or Introduction to Health & Social Care, the programme is designed for learners who would like to get back into learning or are thinking about going to college. Studying one morning a week at Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre, Skills for Work offers an ideal opportunity for adults wishing to build their skills and confidence, and explore new study and career horizons.

Programme includes:

  • Studying SQA units in a relevant subject, delivered by Edinburgh College tutors
  • Registration as an Edinburgh College student
  • Employability support through a range of EL Works’ services, including Adult Literacy
  • Free crèche and assistance with travel costs