Professionals

Do you know someone who needs to develop the skills to hold down a job or a place in College, or just to take the early steps to work out where their future lies?

We can help.

Here, young people can find out what it’s like to work in a real business – this is immediately effective learning, because the young person actually sees and feels what’s required in a job.
Our chosen industry areas offer experience that prepares the young person for any work in future, with strong transferable skills.

Employability Fund Training
All our programmes offer practical experience of what’s required in the workplace, and a chance to learn employability skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours.

Young people can learn specific vocational skills in a variety of workplaces, or they can use this experience to develop those that are essential in any job or at College.

Either way, because they are learning in the life of a real business, resolving everyday challenges, working alongside others, and dealing with customers, their learning is deep and lasting.

Our expanding choice of business areas offers the chance to prepare for work in a way that will take them into any sector, or towards specific local employers:

• Hospitality
• Catering
• Toiletries production
• Personalised clothing production
• Digital Design
• Promotional goods production
• Childcare
• Recycling

Employability Fund, Stage 2

Upon completion of a ten-week programme, young people will have gained the SQA Group Award ‘Introduction to Workplace Skills’. This is a Level 3 course that consists of short periods of workplace experience and the following essential elements that most employers would expect of a young person starting work for the first time:

• Practical Work Place Skills: first steps
• Personal Development: Self and Work
• Workplace Core Skills

Employability Fund, Stage 3

Young people can either progress into this programme from having successfully completed the ‘Introduction to Workplace Skills’ award, or if they are ready to move directly into a long- term work environment. Upon completion of this twenty-week programme, young people will have gained the SQA Group Award ‘Certificate of Workplace Readiness’. This is a Level 4 course that consists of a twelve-week work placement in a work environment of their choice and the following essential elements that most employers would expect of a new employee:

• Responsibilities of Employment
• Dealing with Work Situations
• Personal Development: Self and Work
• Skills for Customer Care
• Practical Work Place Skills

Employability Fund 4

Although young people can progress into this programme from having successfully completed the ‘Certificate of Workplace Readiness’ award, this programme is designed to meet the needs of anyone out of work who requires an industry- recognised certificate that will encourage employers to consider them for interview and employment. Duration varies, depending on the choice of certificate. Joining this programme will provide access to any one of the following expanding range of certificates on offer:

• Food Hygiene Certificate (Level 2)
• Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate
• Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders
• Work Effectively in your Retail Team 2 (SQA National Certificate Unit)

Modern Apprenticeship

We offer MAs in our business because this is such a great learning experience. This programme is designed to meet the needs of young people that require an industry- recognised qualification that will encourage retail employers to consider them for interview and employment. Duration varies depending on individual ability. Joining this programme will provide work experience in a retail environment and coverage of all SQA units required to meet the ‘SVQ Retail Skills Level 2’ qualification.

Activity Agreements

Activity agreements can be at either of our training centres in Invergordon or Inverness, or in less formal settings where people may prefer to join any of our shorter term activity options, for example our cooking groups where small groups come together to learn cooking and other life skills, perhaps leading on to more structured training.

As with all the services offered by Calman, our aim is to provide holistic support. This means that young people receiving training from Calman will also have easy access to housing support and our cooking services.

How can I refer a young person to Calman?

Talk to us. By sharing the information that you have about the young person we can ensure that Calman is the right option (and at the right time) for them. If you provide us with background information detailing the aspirations and needs of the young person we can begin to gauge the support required to for the best chances of a positive learning experience.

Many agencies referring young people to us feel they get the best understanding of what we do by visiting our training bases and seeing young people in action. Please contact us if this appeals to you.

We are also happy to accept self-referrals. Some of the young people who approach us know others already on our training programme and we welcome any young person who is ready to make a change – we will help them contact their SDS Adviser, JobCentre Plus contact or other professionals as necessary.

For further information, contact:

Inverness – 01463 709973 or training@calman.org
Easter Ross – 01349 855200 or training@calman.org