People and Skills

These UK Shared Prosperity Fund projects in Edinburgh are under the People and Skills theme.

This theme reduces the barriers some people face to employment and support them to move towards employment and education.

It has two main elements:

  • Employment support for economically inactive people (benefit and non-benefit claimants)
  • Funding skills provision to provide people with the skills needed to progress in life and work. This includes supporting local areas to fund local skills needs.

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Edinburgh People and Skills projects

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    Project: Strides

    Apex help those with a history of offending or at risk of offending to progress into training and work.

    Apex will deliver a new sector-based skills academy called Strides, targeting sectors that are experiencing recruitment challenges.

    Individuals get one-to-one support, life and career skills, and access to training and sector-based placements.

    The project will also engage with employers to understand their needs and skills gaps.

    Apex Scotland contact email

    Apex Scotland website

    Apex Scotland


    Project: MacMillan Skills Hub for the Forth Green Freeports

    Capital City Partnership is funded to provide the Macmillan Skills Hub, a local corridor of employability support in an area of high deprivation in the north of Edinburgh with a focus on connecting with the Waterfront development regeneration. Since the establishment of the Skills Hub, plans for the Forth Green Freeport have been confirmed, which promise 50,000 new jobs spread across several sites including Leith.

    Additional funding granted for Year 3 is creating a new strategic arm of the Macmillan Skills Hub, designed specifically to focus on engaging with employers connected to the Freeport development.

    The Skills Hub will also work closely with partners to establish and strengthen education and training pathways that enable local people to benefit from emerging opportunities as the Freeport grows.

    MacMillan Skills Hub contact email

    MacMillan website



    Project: Making Work Work

    Making Work Work supports women returning to the labour market. The programme connects women and offers opportunities to learn, collaborate, create, catalyse change and make work work.

    The Challenges Group contact email

    The Challenges Group website

    Challenges Group Making work work


    Project: ERCC Volunteering and Training Programme

    Volunteering opportunities for women to support those affected by sexual violence. Volunteers will develop transferable trauma-informed skills and knowledge. Each person will take part in a bespoke rape crisis training program and complete a supervised long-term placement at ERCC.

    Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre contact email

    Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre website



    Project: Works4Women

    Works4Women is an employability programme that supports women who have experienced domestic abuse. It is run by Edinburgh Women’s Aid in partnership with Shakti Women’s Aid (which serves women in the minority ethnic community). The UK Shared Prosperity Fund funds the continuation and expansion of the service.

    Edinburgh Women's Aid contact email

    Edinburgh Women's Aid website

    Women's aid

    Edinburgh Supported Employment Consortium

    Project: All in Edinburgh

    The All in Edinburgh consortium will deliver a supported employment model increasing jobs and supports the retention of jobs for those clients furthest removed from the labour market.

    Enable Scotland contact email

    All in Edinburgh website

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    Project: Communities Empowered

    Networking Key Services (NKS) are funded by UKSPF to deliver holistic support for those from South-Asian communities. Digital skills are important for access to basic services but also support many participants to progress into education and work.

    NKS will empower South Asians through building capacity and resilience and by using a person-centred and bespoke approach where people can develop their skills to improve their life chances.

    Examples of activities include digital skills, confidence building and welfare rights advocacy with bi-lingual support.

    NKS contact email

    NKS website

    NKS Communties Empowered


    Project: Reconnect Edinburgh

    People Know How is partnering with organisations in local communities to run weekly digital and well-being support sessions. Support is tailored to meet varying levels of digital skills and to be able to respond to a variety of needs such as disability or language barriers.

    People Know How received an additional grant in Year 3 to be able to work with additional partners across the city.

    People Know How contact email

    People Know How website

    People know how Reconnect Edinburgh


    Project: Shifting Gears

    Funding is supporting a new depot in Gorgie, and the flagship community programme Shifting Gears. Shifting Gears is an evidence-based approach to support marginalised communities and those from low-socioeconomic backgrounds to recover from the pandemic, mitigate the impact of the cost-of-living crisis and climate emergency, enhance life and employment skills, and provide much-needed work experience and employment opportunities.

    The Bike station contact email

    The Bike Station website

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    Project:  Action for Children - Employability for young people

    The grant supports several of Action for Children’s employability projects including Youth Build, an industry-recognised construction training programme, a customer service and hospitality training programme and the Aiming High programme.

    Action for Children contact email

    Action for Children website

    Action for Children YPC


    Project: Barnardos - Employability for young people

    Barnardos Employment Skills Training programme is for 15 – 29-year-olds. It offers personal development opportunities and a range of options supporting young people in training, education and career progression.

    Barnardos contact email

    Barnardos website

    Barnardos YPC

    The Prince's Trust

    Project: The Prince's Trust - Employability for young people

    The Prince’s Trust offers courses offered for young people aged 11-30, supporting them to develop essential life skills, get ready for work and access job opportunities.

    Funding particularly supports the Get Into programme, which helps those closer to the labour market, and the Explore programme, designed for those further away from moving into work.


    Princes Trust YPC

    Additional Projects

    Additional project September 2023 – March 2024: Challenges Worldwide, Learning, Employability and Purpose (LEAP)

    The Learning, Employability, and Purpose (LEAP) programme will support 10 women facing barriers to employment to return to work through an 8–10-week volunteering placement.  The placement will be accompanied by management and leadership training.  In parallel, training and support will be offered to third sector organisations in how to find, recruit, and retain this talent through flexible working and positive workplace cultures.


    Challenges Group Making work work

    Additional project September 2023 – March 2024: NKS, One-to-One Digital Support

    Individuals from the South Asian community will be supported with digital learning and English conversation to enhance their basic career skills. Twenty individuals will be supported one-to-one, to improve their digital and English-speaking skills and to decrease the barriers they face in accessing the labour market.

    NKS Communties Empowered

    Additional project September 2023 – March 2024: Vintage Vibes, Volunteer Vibes

    Volunteering Vibes aims to build community and office-based volunteering capacity within Edinburgh, creating opportunities that develop skills, confidence, and relationships long-term. This project includes immediate volunteer recruitment, training, and support, as well as building a foundation of activity and collaborations to consistently deliver more city-wide volunteering opportunities past the funding period.

    Email Vintage Vibes

    Vintage Vibes

    Additional project September 2023 – March 2024: Edible Estates, Lend a Hand

    Lend a Hand delivered support to people over 50, who were economically inactive, to re-enter the labour market, by providing community-based learning and development opportunities in joinery, horticulture, and construction, within community greenspace/growing projects across the city. The UKSPF funding for this project has now come to an end.

    Edibles Estates

    Additional project September 2023 – March 2024: Fresh Start, ESOL provision

    Additional ESOL provision at Fresh Start supported new Scots to make a life for themselves in Scotland. The programme supported the social integration, language development skills, and employability opportunities of new Scots and refugees living in the northwest locality of Edinburgh.

    This project is funded through the Multiply strand of UKSPF for Year 3 of the programme (April 2024 – March 2025).

    Fresh Start

    Additional project September 2023 – March 2024: Space Broomhouse, ESOL for Southwest Edinburgh

    This project provided two ‘English as a Second Language’ classes per week for up to 30 people from community groups in Southwest Edinburgh, helping to promote community cohesion, and integration into Scottish society. The classes also foster employment and learning outcomes for adults aged 16+.

    This project is funded through the Multiply strand of UKSPF for Year 3 of the programme (April 2024 – March 2025).

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    Additional project September 2023 – March 2024: Enable, One Digital

    The Edinburgh Supported Employment Consortium delivered digital skills courses to clients who had disabilities and health conditions to boost digital inclusion and enhance the life skills of 80 individuals from Edinburgh’s most disadvantaged groups. Topics included IT confidence, computing skills for employability, managing your money, social media, and staying safe online. The UKSPF funding for this project has now come to an end.

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    Additional project September 2023 – March 2024: Capital City Partnership, MacMillan Skills Hub

    This additional funding will extend the current MacMillan Skills Hub capacity to reach out and engage with 40 additional people who are economically inactive. The Hub will also run a 50+ Transferable Skills Academy and a Green Skills Academy with employers offering a guaranteed interview. The latter will link into the Green Freeport vision.

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    Additional project September 2023 – March 2024: Capital City Partnership, Vocational Training Framework

    The Vocational Training Framework (VTF) expanded its reach and provided 80 additional course spaces. These academies will focus on Digital Learning, Green Skills, and Transferable Skills, with funding also contributing to additional spaces on courses across local growth sectors such as Hospitality, Construction, Health & Social Care, and Retail.

    The UKSPF funding for this project has now come to an end, although VTF continues utilising alternative funding streams. More about VTF.

    Capital City Partnership short Colour

    Additional project September 2023 – March 2024: Cyrenians, Cook School Extension

    Additional funding made provision for an extra 40 people who were unemployed and who were homeless or with experience of homelessness to gain skills, experience, and qualifications in food hygiene and preparation. Many participants were aged 50 or over. This extension funding has now come to an end.