Employability Support

Employability Support

Inspiralba have a charitable objective to support employment and training opportunities, as such we have support for a number of initiatives to stimulate and support employment, training and work expereince, including in house opportunities.

Pre Employability Support – Spark Your Purpose 

Inspiralba are the lead partner for the Spark Your Purpose programme of support for young people age 16 – 24, which provides Pre Employability Support on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council and the Local Employability Partnership and is funded as part of the Governments Young Persons Gaurantee.

Support provided includes support from a loc al coordinator (from one of the Partner Support Organisations), exploring what interests and aspirations they may have, discussing potential opportunities, with everything and anything (within the scope of the law and health and safety) considered to ignite a spark of interest and inspire engagement in the programme.  This could be anything from

Exploring a new hobby or skill – eg:  Learning to DJ or create electronic music.  An opportunity to visit a wildlife project.  An opportunity to be involved in an arts project…

Gaining a qualification, certificate or licence, eg:  An opportunity to gain  a CSCS card for working in the Construction Sector, Food Hygiene Traing and Certification.  Support to gain a provisional driving licence and help with driver theory or training…

Increasing wellbeing and confidence, eg:  Support to join a local gym or access swimming sessions. Connection with a wellbeing coach, yoga sessions or mindfulness…

The list is limitless.  Click Here if you would like to learn more…

Investing in Communities – Employability and Learning

Inspiralba are a delivery partner for Fyne Homes, Investing in Communities project activity which aims to develop skills and capacity, including employability opportunities with social enterprise.


This has included supporting 31 employment training opportunities since 2020, assisting to build capacity for social enterprises and assisting employed trainees to develop skills, experience and earn an income through meaningful work.

Press Release 5th Jan 2021

Kickstart Opportunities for Young People

Inspiralba are a Gateway Organisation, supporting the UK Government’s Kick-Start Scheme. As part of the scheme, we provide support for employment opportunities for young people aged between 18 and 24 years of age who are currently receiving Universal Credit. These posts include jobs within the Inspiralba team as well as a variets of jobs with social enterprises across the area.

Further information on Inspiralba’s work to support employers is avaialable here: Employer Kickstart Scheme Press Release aug 2021

Further information on Inspiralba’s work to support employed trainees is available here: Kickstart Scheme Press Release young people July 2021

The Kickstart scheme is now closed for new vacancies but we continue to support active placements.


Work Experience Opportunities:

In response to the challenges of lockdown and with support from Scottish Government and Fyne Homes and Argyll and Bute Council, alongside Argyll and Bute Youth Forum and DYW Argyll, Inspiralba, partnered with local social enterprises across the area to offer a range of Virtual Work Experience Opportunities for young people in 2020-21.  A Youth Engagement and Outreach Worker provided support to this work from September 2020 – July 2021.  The full project report is available here: SEWE Programme Project final report

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