The Community Employability office in Ferry Road Drive will close it’s doors for the last time tomorrow. The local employment and training organisation lost out as the city council restructured employability service delivery across the city. It’s understood that some staff have applied for positions with succesful bidder Community Renewal and may be interviewed early next month.
Community Employability came into being when national organisation Working Links decided to pull out of the North Edinburgh in July 2010. A partnership between Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and North Edinburgh Trust saw the local employability service saved then, but there will be no reprieve this time round and the office closes tomorrow.
Community Employability’s current clients – around 300 people – have now been referred on to Pennywell Shopping Centre-based Community Renewal, which was part of the four-agency consortium that won the employability contract.
Lead organisation Stevenson College, Community Renewal, FourSquare and Volunteer Centre Edinburgh will now deliver Edinburgh’s integrated employability service for the next two years. It’s thought that the contract will save Edinburgh taxpayers at least £150,000.
No word yet of what will happen to Community Employability’s office on Ferry Road Drive – landlords Pilton Central Association are considering a number of options, including looking at the feasibity of using the premise as a resource for community organisations.