Employer Offer

The East Lothian Employer Offer – free and impartial help for local businesses

Every employer will have different needs and we know that navigating through lots of information and online resources can feel confusing and frustrating. Through our Employer Offer, we can support you by email or phone with a range of advice and services.

Our East Lothian Works and Economic Development teams are working together with Edinburgh College, Skills Development Scotland and the Department for Work and Pensions. This unique partnership provides a ‘one stop shop’ support for all your needs, from staffing to skills development.

Training, upskilling and reskilling

We offer a flexible and needs led service. If you have an employee or a group of employees who would like to gain confidence and improve their work based literacy, numeracy and IT skills, East Lothian Works can help. Our support could include: helping towards getting a work based qualification, report writing, work related numeracy or basic IT skills.

We also offer support to individuals with dyslexia and those for whom English is a second language.

If you have a specific training need for your employees please speak to us to see how we can help.


East Lothian Works can offer support with funding for both employers and those looking for/in work, including (but are not limited to):

  • Employer Recruitment Incentive – funding for employers that recruit individuals with barriers into employment – including long term unemployed people
  • No One Left Behind – in work training grant for employers recruiting an individual with a barrier to employment
  • Paid Work Experience  – an opportunity for employers to give an individual who needs support to move into work, a paid work experience opportunity – funding and employability support is provided by East Lothian Works
  • Parental Employability Support Fund – support for parents in work to upskill and retrain

Support with recruitment and vacancies

We can promote vacancies with our wide range of partners – including sifting and pre-screening candidates and arranging and managing interview schedules.

We can provide facilities for interviews or meetings.

We can support your employees, who are looking to apply for promotion within your company, with applications, interview skills, CVs and mock interviews.

Business Gateway East Lothian

We are here to help you – whatever stage your business is at. We have a wealth of information and resources – including dedicated one-to-one support from our friendly and knowledgeable advisors, available to help you through the process of starting up or growing your business.

We can help you get your business online, guide you to access new markets or funding opportunities, or support you to employ staff for the first time. Get in touch now to see how we can support your business goals.

Redundancy/Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE)

PACE  is the Scottish Government’s initiative for supporting people dealing with redundancy. The PACE team respond quickly when redundancy situations arise and can provide free, confidential advice to help your employees with their next steps including: helping them to understand their rights and entitlements, checking what benefits they may be entitled to, offering practical advice on getting a new job and identifying learning and training opportunities.

The partnership includes a number of organisations including Skills Development Scotland (Lead), Department of Work and Pensions, local authorities, Citizens Advice, HMRC, ACAS and colleges.

Kickstart Scheme – opportunity for East Lothian businesses

Do you run a business or organisation in East Lothian that could offer a government-funded work placement to a young person?

The Kickstart Scheme is a new initiative to support economic recovery and help young people get a foothold in the jobs market.

Government funding is being provided to create paid six-month work placements in businesses and organisations across the country, including here in East Lothian. All placements are fully-funded.

East Lothian Council will be participating in the scheme as both a gateway organisation and an employer. This means that we will support local businesses and organisations in providing placements as well as making placements available within our own organisation.

Who can take part in a placement?

Placements will be open to 18 to 24 year olds in receipt of Universal Credit, as well as 16 and 17 year olds who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

What type of business can participate?

Any business or third sector organisation, large or small, in East Lothian could potentially be involved.

How does the Kickstart Scheme work?

As a minimum of 30 placements is required to apply for Kickstart Scheme funding, East Lothian Council will act as an umbrella, gateway organisation to ensure that that companies which can only take on  a small number of young people, are able to take part. This means that smaller organisations  can be involved, as we will bring all placements together into a consortium and manage the funding process.

As an employer, we will host a number of placements within council services.

What does a placement involve?

The placements will last six months, based on 25 hours per week for the placement.

Placements must not replace existing or planned vacancies, or cause existing employees to lose their position or reduce their roles.

Participants must be supported by employers to develop their skills in looking for long-term work, CV building and work skills (communication, organisation etc).

Kickstart Scheme funding will cover:

  • the wage of the participant (national minimum wage)
  • the associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
  • there will also be funding available to support young people to develop new skills and to help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart  funded placement.

I’m interested in getting involved – what do I need to do?

To find out more or register your interest, contact the team at East Lothian Works by e-mail to: Service Development Officer Daniel Stevens at dstevens@eastlothian.gov.uk

Find out more about Kickstart on the UK Government website.