• MacMillan Skills Hub: Green Skills in North Edinburgh

    4 March 2024


     Macmillan Skills Hub: Green Skills in North Edinburgh

    Written By Myles Seaton, MacMillan Skills Hub Manager

    MacMillan Skills Hub is a skills centre operating across the whole of Edinburgh through a mixture of in-person and online support. Our base is currently within Muirhouse Millennium Centre, situated in the Northwest of Edinburgh with plans to move into the new Muirhouse Hub in Spring 2024. We are in a community that has faced high levels of unemployment and currently undergoing a regeneration project which is seeing increasing numbers of people and employers coming to the area. It is vital to have a service like ours in an area that is undergoing significant changes.

    Our support is targeted at both unemployed individuals and those seeking career changes, the latter being underserved in Edinburgh currently. We run several workshops to build individuals' confidence along with Vocational Training Frameworks that deliver specific sector-based learning with opportunities to secure interviews upon completion of the course. One individual said:

     “I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the support I received during my training. Your guidance and assistance have truly helped me in my job search. I can confidently say that your organisation played a significant role in my successful employment at Queen Elizabeth House.”

    Employer engagement is key to the support we offer. We work with businesses to support people with barriers to employment and link clients to opportunities through Community Jobs Fairs and established business relationships.

    As part of the regeneration of the North of Edinburgh, there is a focus on Green Skills and how businesses transition towards Net Zero.  Within the local community, we look to assist businesses in finding the resources and training needed to work towards these aims.  Through the UKSPF funding we will deliver Green Skills Academies to support individuals in understanding the industry, learn new skills, and connect with Green Skills focused employers.

    The future of Green Skills looks very positive within the North of Edinburgh.  We have recently secured additional UKSPF funding to work with employers coming to the new Forth Green Freeport in Leith. The Freeport development will create many job opportunities for local individuals and create expansion opportunities for businesses. With a focus on Green Skills many employers are looking at upskilling staff and the Edinburgh College Granton Campus has a specialised Retrofit Training Centre to support local employers and has added modules within their apprenticeship programmes to ensure individuals are ready to start a career within the industry.

    Visit the MacMillan Skills Hub website here.


    Want to know more about UKSPF funded Edinburgh projects? Visit our UKSPF webpage.

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