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:-

Inverclyde Community Development Trust (ICDT)

Funded by Inverclyde Council to provide employability services for residents within Inverclyde, The Trust supports clients move into the world of work as well as those already in employment to develop skills which would lead to further career progression. With an accredited SQA Centre we provide both accredited and non- accredited courses, from the fundamentals of customer service and digital skills to more specialised training such as Health and Safety.

Every client works with a dedicated support worker, 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 nailing that job. This helps our clients learn more about different job options and what skills are necessary to move into that field of work. With our strong relationships with other organisations we can tap into a variety of resources, from money management to referrals to counselling services to enable our clients to realise their 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).

We have a dedicated employer engagement team who assist employers with recruitment services, bringing new opportunities to our clients, first hand, which has led to organisations coming to us for their employment needs. Through market research we prepare a weekly job bulletin highlighting current opportunities and provide advice to help our clients prepare effective job applications, stressing the relevant skills and experience necessary. 

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.

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

To access Stepwells Employment Support, 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. Not registered on the Fair Start Scotland programme
4. Have a health, wellbeing and/or a disability which is an additional barrier to gaining and sustaining employment (inc. anxiety, depression, etc.)

5. Aged between 18 and 60 

If you’d like to register your interest and take that step forward to the next season in your own life and work journey, please register here: https://forms.office.com/r/ppQwWdZgAh

For more information email: info@stepwell.org.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 


ENABLE (Scotland)

All in Inverclyde

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. Each individual support package will provide a clear route to employment by linking with existing local regional skills and support pipeline services, an approach which is aligned to and integrates with Inverclyde’s Strategic Skills Pipeline.  

All In Inverclyde will also deliver training on diversity and inclusion to local businesses. The programme will encourage and support local employers to adopt accessible and inclusive recruitment and staff retention practices to support local people with learning/physical disabilities and their family members, enabling them to gain and sustain employment.

Contact Details:

07725477496                   Kayleigh.Smith@enable.org.uk      

07923240713                   Clare.ODwyer@enable.org.uk


These activities are part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), by Scottish Government through No One Left Behind (NOLB) funds and by Inverclyde Council.