Edinburgh community to benefit from newly-refurbished office

We've officially opened our newly-refurbished office in Edinburgh.

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The official opening of our new-look Blair Street office

Fedcap Scotland works in the city to help people tackle health conditions, learn new skills, find new jobs and progress their careers. Across the country, our teams have been responsible for supporting more than 14,000 people in the last three years.

The newly branded and refurbished office in Edinburgh was visited by partners and employers. During the visit, attendees were given an insight into how Fedcap Scotland helps people overcome the barriers they face – including tackling health concerns and poverty – to realise their ambitions and reach their long-term goals.

Some 92.7% of Fedcap Scotland’s customers in Edinburgh have been unemployed for more than a year, while 80.6% have been unemployed for more than two years. After receiving health and wellbeing support from the organisation, customers showed a 59% improvement, on average, in their health conditions.

The Fedcap Scotland team are also working with some of Scotland’s leading employers to help the region bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic with reliable workers.

Fedcap Scotland is currently delivering the Fair Start Scotland service in partnership with The Lennox Partnership in Edinburgh and the surrounding area, helping people to pick up new skills, confidence and experience and into suitable, sustainable jobs. People who receive employability support from Fedcap Scotland find work on average within three months.

Stephanie Lang, Employer Relationship Manager for Capital City Partnership, said: “Capital City Partnership co-ordinates employability strategy and delivery through partnership working to tackle inequality and poverty, support job growth, and help more people into employment and skills.

“We welcome every opportunity to work in partnership with key agencies and services and are pleased to welcome Fedcap into the city as a trusted partner, already evidenced in their support of the FUSE Recruitment & Skills Hub for the St James Quarter and city centre recruiting businesses.”

Eaman Abdel-Rahman, a Fedcap Scotland participant in Fair Start Scotland, said: “I was a cancer patient and I think I lost a bit of me. Fedcap’s courses helped to get me back to where I am.

“The new Fedcap Hub is like, wow! I like that very much. Shirley Ann Grey, my Personal Adviser, helped me into a DPSI translator course and a job in a local bank, giving me the confidence I need.

“Thanks to Fedcap Scotland, I have regained my confidence and got my life back.”

Brian Bell, Fedcap Chief Executive Officer, said: “You’ve seen today the passion of our people, helping participants who’ve been out of work for a long time. There is a real need for our service, and Fedcap is investing in its portfolio across Scotland to further improve our delivery for participants and employers.”

For more information on how Fedcap Scotland helps communities across the country, visit www.fedcapscotland.scot

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