Employability Services


The purpose and structure of the national Employability Pipeline is to provide people with a tailor made pathway of support, where their individual circumstances, barriers, needs and aspirations are assessed and delivery organisations work collaboratively to support and progress each individual through their personal pathway towards, and into, a positive destination.

Inverclyde Council contributes to the Employability Pipeline by funding a range of employability services available to local residents looking for work, or looking to improve their employment situation.  It also supports Inverclyde businesses to train and grow their workforce.

The Council contract with relevant organisations to deliver services that are of high quality and provide best value for money.

Currently, four main contractors deliver services on behalf of the Council:-


ICDT - Trust Employability Service and Environmental Work Experience Programme

Funded by Inverclyde Council to provide employability services for residents within Inverclyde, The Trust supports clients to improve their employability skills and qualifications and progress into employment as well as supporting those already in employment to develop skills which would lead to further career progression.  With an accredited SQA Centre we provide direct, local delivery of accredited and non- accredited pre-vocational, personal development and industry specific training, from the fundamentals of customer service and digital skills to more specialised training such as Health and Safety.

A dedicated support worker will work with each client to agree a customised plan which will focus on training, cv support, interview skills and how to maximise the effectiveness of job search, applications, and securing employment. This helps our clients learn more about different job options and what skills are necessary to move into that field of work. Our strong relationships with other partner organisations allow us to access a variety of resources, from money management to referrals to counselling services to enable our clients to realise their full potential. Whilst we have a range of training available within our centre, we can also refer clients to other courses to help them move into work (subject to terms and conditions).  Through our employer engagement team, we assist employers with recruitment services to bring new opportunities to our clients.  We also offer weekly job bulletins highlighting current vacancies and provide support to help our clients prepare effective job applications.

From school leavers seeking out that apprenticeship to the more mature client we have the resources to assist, providing both skills and local knowledge to help clients move forwards. As part of our offering, we can provide work experience opportunities through our volunteer centre and within our offsite services, giving clients that valuable work experience to build that future cv.

In addition to our Employability Services, The Trust will also provide a small number of unemployed Inverclyde Residents with paid employment through the Environmental Work Experience Programme which delivers environmental improvements and repair projects across the Inverclyde area.  These projects improve the physical appearance of the community whilst providing clients with meaningful training and work experience across various environmental disciplines, gaining new skills and improving their opportunities to successfully secure long-term employment.

Each client will be job ready to industry standards, for a career in construction with both relevant paid work experience and accredited qualifications.  Our Work Programme Co-ordinator will provide support to each client in developing and updating their CV and enhancing their interview skills.

The first step for access to all these services is to register with our team. Call 01475 553300 or email us at: info@the-trust.org.uk


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Stepwell improves the wellbeing, capabilities, and employment opportunities of local people.

Their Progress Pathway provides employment support and access to a range of personal development and solutions-focused coaching opportunities, additional health and wellbeing support (e.g. physiotherapy) accredited vocational training courses (SQA, REHIS, etc.), work placements in ‘live’ business settings and a bespoke job search/matching service. 

To access Stepwells Progress Pathway, you must be:
1. A resident of Inverclyde 
2. Unemployed and wanting to get back to work (a small spark is all we ask for)
3. Have a health, wellbeing and/or a disability  barrier to gaining and sustaining employment (inc. physical or mental health etc.)

4. Aged between 18 and 65

If you’d like to register your interest for support in your life and work journey, please register by clicking on the link: https://form.jotform.com/Stepwell_Consultancy/progress-employmentsupport---regis

For more information email: info@stepwell.org.uk  or check us out on our social media platforms:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stepwelluk

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stepwelluk/

X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/StepwellUK


ENABLE (Scotland)

Enable Works - All in Inverclyde

Funded by Inverclyde Council All in Inverclyde is a programme designed to assist Inverclyde residents who are 16+ and who have complex barriers to work by providing personalised support through the 5 stages of the Supported Employment model. The support is deigned to systematically remove barriers to employment through the creation of a bespoke, personalised package of support based on individual need.

The programme provides Clients with 1:1 support and employability workshops including confidence, building self-esteem, and managing their mental health. Weekly workshops will create a safe peer support network, increasing employability skills and tackling health related barriers. 

Clients can also access additional training including sessions in Developing a positive mindset, Confidence Building, Personal Motivation and Mental Health Awareness as well as CV Building, Goal Setting, Money Management and Job Search. 

If you would like to access our services, please see contact details below:

Email: Stephanie.gray@enable.org.uk  or  inverclydeemployabilitysupport@enable.org.uk 


Financial Fitness

Financial Fitness provides financial advice and support to help local people address and overcome financial barriers to employment, particularly individuals and households that are dependent on benefits.  Through the following targeted services, including welfare benefits, Money advice and Better off in Work Service.  We will provide independent advice on all welfare and local authority benefits including benefit checks, form filling and advocacy.  Our Advisers can spot any unclaimed benefits and help people to claim a wide range of means tested and non-means tested benefits, whilst also helping clients who are having difficulties with benefit problems.

Through the delivery of confidential advice for clients we will help them manage their money more efficiently, deal with debts more effectively and cope financially during major life changing events. This service is designed to help people take control of their finances.

Financial advice and support will be delivered to help people make the transition from benefits into employment, accessing in-work and return-to-work benefits where applicable. This consists of “Better Off In Work” calculations to highlight the financial benefits of work, support to claim in-work benefits, including the completion of forms, Tax Credits and Universal Credit, advice on forthcoming welfare reforms, support to manage debts, budgeting advice and help to open a bank account.

Address: 40 West Stewart Street, Greenock PA15 1SH

Telephone: 01475 729239   Email: finfitteam@yahoo.co.uk


Inverclyde Advice & Employment Rights Centre

Inverclyde Advice & Employment Rights Centre is a local organisation providing a unique service to Inverclyde by supporting people in work who are experiencing difficulties with their employer. 

They work with the client and their employer at the earliest possible stage, to resolve issues with a view to maintaining the client in employment.

Inverclyde Advice & Employment Rights Centre works in partnership with a range of services including welfare rights, local trade unions, legal firms and occupational health units to ensure the required mix of expertise is available for an individual client.

Address: The Westburn Centre, 175 Dalrymple Street, Greenock    

E-mail: etadmin@gconnect.com      Tel: 01475 888039 




These services are financed by Inverclyde Council, the UK Government and Scottish Government

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Funded by UK Government
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