Youth Employment and Training

Head of Service: Eileen Cummings

employment training

Finding and keeping a job can be a real challenge, even for young people from the most supported backgrounds. That’s why we offer supported employment and training to young people (16-25) who are facing barriers to employment.


Our Employment and Training Services are delivered through KibbleWorks, our collective of social enterprises that provide employment and training to young people while offering services to the Renfrewshire community.

KibbleWorks consists of:

  • The Kibble Community Garden
    "Fresh food, fresh opportunities" - we train young people in all aspects of growing fruit and vegetables and compostingThe produce is used by Kibble kitchens to provide young people and staff with healthy meals.
  • FrameWorks
    Our picture framing business that trains young people in the craft and aesthetics of framing
  • GroundBreakers
    Our horticultural business that trains young people in a variety of gardening skills from basic maintenance to landscaping
  • Knibbles
    Our catering service that trains young people in food production, health and safety and front of house
  • MowerWorks
    Our lawnmower repair business that teaches young people the mechanics of repairing and maintaining lawnmowers
  • Oskar's
    Our re-use and recycling service that teaches young people about logistics, restoration, large scale cleaning, painting and decorating and customer service
  • PromoWorks
    Our promotional goods business that teaches young people about design and printing techniques
  • RoadWorks
    Our mechanics service that trains young people in vehicle repair and maintenance
  • The Experience
    The Experience provides employment opportunities within the leisure and hospitality sector for young people age 16+ with barriers to employment.

To find out about purchasing any of these services, please visit Our Social Enterprises.

For information on our new YES employment and training programme, please visit Developing the Young Workforce

Who we support

The young people we support includes Looked After Children, care leavers, unqualified school leavers and young people leaving secure care.

For young people in care in particular, KibbleWorks provides a source of stability. It is the only type of workplace that fully understands the requirements of their care plan and works to integrate with it and provide the necessary flexibility and support structures. Of great importance during their time in care, it becomes invaluable when they are making the transition from living in care to living independently.

Whichever young people we help, they have all been excluded from entry level jobs either by availability or by their social circumstances.

The support we offer

In addition to practical skills and training, we also offer employment support for the future, offering job clubs, one-to-one support with CV preparation and advice for young people ready to move on from supported employment. This support can come from our dedicated Employability Manager or an enterprise co-ordinator who is often dual qualified in their own trade and in child and youth care.

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