Youth Employment and Training
Head of Service: Eileen Cummings
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 composting. The produce is used by Kibble kitchens to provide young people and staff with healthy meals.
Our picture framing business that trains young people in the craft and aesthetics of framing
Our horticultural business that trains young people in a variety of gardening skills from basic maintenance to landscaping
Our catering service that trains young people in food production, health and safety and front of house
Our lawnmower repair business that teaches young people the mechanics of repairing and maintaining lawnmowers
Our re-use and recycling service that teaches young people about logistics, restoration, large scale cleaning, painting and decorating and customer service
Our promotional goods business that teaches young people about design and printing techniques
Our mechanics service that trains young people in vehicle repair and maintenance
- The Experience
To find out about purchasing any of these services, please visit Our Social Enterprises.
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.
All young people who are placed in Kibble are supported by our Specialist Intervention Services. The team has over 10 years experience of providing evidence based psychological consultation, assessment and interventions for young people with complex and challenging needs. Read more about our Specialist Intervention Services