Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Great value Unlimited Broadband from an award winning provider  


Employability Fund Programme - Work Placement Scheme

10th August 2015

Photograph of Employability Fund Programme - Work Placement Scheme

Pulteneytown People's Project is contracted to deliver The Employability Fund Programme for Skills Development Scotland (SDS). 

The purpose of the programme is to prepare people for employment or further training opportunities in their chosen work interest area, by supporting them to improve their knowledge and basic skills required for their chosen sector.
The programme focuses on work-based knowledge, skills and experience to be gained both within our training centre and on work placements, with any relevant training needs being addressed as per each participant’s individual training plan.
We aim to find the best match for participants and employers to try to ensure a successful outcome for both participant and employer.

Pulteneytown People’s Project offers two stages of the Programme, depending on experience and ability. During the first two weeks participants spend four days each week in the training centre and work with PPP’s Placement Liaison Officer, who works to match individuals with a work placement suited to their abilities and areas of interest. Participants are then invited to attend an interview with the employer to ensure that both participant and employer are happy to proceed with the work placement.

STAGE 2 runs for 12 weeks. Participants spend two days per week in the training centre taking part in activities focusing on team work, personal organisational skills and confidence building. They have access to short introductory courses such as emergency first aid at work, food hygiene, health and safety in the work place and manual handling and they will also work towards their SCQF Level 3 Award in Employability and Personal Development.

Participants will also spend 2 days per week in a fully-supported work placement within Pulteney Centre. Placement opportunities include crèche, Telfords Coffee Shop, maintenance team, cinema and reception.
On successful completion of the Stage 2 programme there are opportunities for progression to Stage 3 of the Employability Programme or further education or a Modern Apprenticeship in certain skills areas.

STAGE 3 runs for 16 weeks.
During the first 2 weeks participants have access to short introductory courses such as emergency first aid at work, food hygiene, health and safety in the work place and manual handling. They will also have the opportunity to complete job specific courses such as infection control, PVG and SSSC registration for the care sector, and CSCS card for construction industry.

Throughout the programme participants will work towards achieving their SCQF Level 4 Award and also the Certificate of Work Readiness, which requires them to complete a minimum of 20 hours per week in a work placement.

Participants will have one training day each week to work towards their SCQF award, and three to four days per week in their work placement. Placement opportunities include construction, care sector, hospitality and customer service. Participants are supported by our Placement Liaison Officer for the duration of their work placements, with regular visits and monitoring to ensure they are supported and achieving work goals.

On successful completion of the Stage 3 programme there are opportunities for progression to employment, further education or a Modern Apprenticeship in certain skills areas. For those moving into employment our benefits advisor can assist with better off calculations, claiming child tax credit, and budgeting.

Stacy Bremner, who recently completed the Employability Programme said, ‘I really enjoyed my time on the Employability programme and I’m grateful for the support I received. I enjoy my job and I’m very happy that I was kept on after my work placement finished’. Her employer Wendy McGowan of Seaview House Care Home said, ‘We were very lucky to have Stacy as our participant as she came to Seaview with enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard. As the placement progressed I saw that she would be an asset to our team and offered Stacy permanent employment at Seaview. I would be delighted to work with the employability programme in future.’


Pulteneytown People’s Project’s Employability Programme is open to anyone aged 16 or over who is unemployed.
The programme is not available to anyone already taking part in a government funded work scheme.

Participants may be entitled to a weekly training allowance during their placement.
Subsidised childcare costs available.

For more information drop in to our job club between 9am and 4pm every Friday or contact Pulteney Centre on 01955 608530 and ask for a member of the employability team.


Related Businesses


Related Articles

Two Wick Businesses Pick Up Awards
WINNERS OF HIGHLAND BUSINESS AWARDS 2016 ANNOUNCED.   Pultneytown Peoples Project and Mackays Hotel.  
Boost for Pultneytown Advice Centre
At todays Caithness and Sutherland Area Committee members awarded Pulteneytown Peoples project 90,506 from the Deprived Area Fund which will be used to provide services to local people through the Advice Centre.   This will be used to support the work of the one-stop shop to provide local people help and advice with benefits, staying on at school, re-training, housing issues and applying for jobs.  
Caithness District Partnership Meeting
The new Caithness District Partnership will meet in full for the second time on Friday 28 September, as part of the new arrangements under the Planning for Integration (P4i) partnership between the NHS and The Highland Council.   Partners will consider a report from the NHS steering group, who are recommending a Stakeholder Engagement Plan.  
Pulteney Centre In Wick To Have Great Snacks and MealsThumbnail for article : Pulteney Centre In Wick To Have Great Snacks and Meals
An Interview with Pulteney Centre's New Chef.   Pulteney Centre will bring a new high quality and friendly restaurant/bistro to Wick which will be perfect for a hearty breakfast, a quick snack at lunch time or a more substantial meal towards dinner.  
What Pulteney Centre Will Bring to the CommunityThumbnail for article : What Pulteney Centre Will Bring to the Community
Pulteney Centre will be a "one-stop-shop" for the community's needs, offering a unique package of social groups, training and facility hiring opportunities all within the same building.   The large function room will be available to hire for a variety of different purposes such as: * Birthday parties * Small wedding parties * Children's themed parties with full use of the soft play area and other fun activities such as face painting * Business meetings and community meetings The multi-purpose hall will also be available for hire for a wide use of needs, including: * Use as a sports hall for games of five-a-side football, badminton and lots of other sports * A venue for conferences or large meetings * Perfect for community events or special occasions * All with full use of the changing rooms, showers and other facilities As well as all this Pulteney Centre will be offering: * A band practice room * Youth drop-in * Restaurant/bistro offering good quality food and refreshments for families * Cinema facilities * And lots of classes and groups you can find out about in this newsletter Pulteney Centre will open up a range of possibilities for people and businesses in the local community and the wider area.  
Youth Activities At The New Pulteney Centre SoonThumbnail for article : Youth Activities At The New Pulteney Centre Soon
Youth Activities in Pulteney Centre There will be lots of fun and exciting activities for local youths to take part in when Pulteney Centre opens to the public on January 23.   MONDAYS For Music To start the week off there will be a Monday night music and drama group running from 7.30pm - 10pm.  
New Pulteney Centre Opens 23 JanuaryThumbnail for article : New Pulteney Centre Opens 23 January
When Pulteney Centre opens to the public on January 23 there will be plenty of new classes and groups to join, running both during the day and evening.   Why not make it your New Year's Resolution to try something different this year with one of the following, all held in Pulteney Centre.  
New Classes at the Pulteney Centre, Wick
Pulteneytown People's Project in Wick will be opening the doors to its new community Centre, Pulteney Centre, at the end of January and promises to bring a huge variety of new classes to the town.   Pulteney Centre will be the first of its kind in Wick, offering a comprehensive collection of groups and educational classes all housed under the one roof.  
HIE Board Checks Out Wick's New Community CentreThumbnail for article : HIE Board Checks Out Wick's New Community Centre
As the final stages of work take place on the 3.8 million community centre for Wick, Highlands and Islands Enterprise's most senior staff have enjoyed a sneak preview.   As part of a two day programme of meetings with ambitious Caithness and Sutherland businesses and social enterprises, the HIE Board visited the Pulteney Centre due to open in the new year and paid tribute to the achievements of the Pulteneytown People's Project (PPP).