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The initiative in Scotland involves the establishment and support of six hubs, which then identify, recruit, train, support and quality assure a number of ‘satellite’ learndirect scotland branded learning centres. Broad partnership were set up to implement the program with Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, Banff and Buchan College, Dundee College, Glasgow South West Regeneration Agency, JHP Training and University of the West of Scotland. With this support the learning centres deliver IT, employability and pre-vocational skills training to address the employability needs of disadvantaged groups.

Employability Alliance supports the setting up of 6 training hubs in Scotland!

The Alliance Partners started, in 2007, from the belief that, for many people, their motivation to learn is driven by a desire to develop their knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and behaviours to help them get a job, keep a job, get a better job, manage a career and/or have a better life. We also understood that for the unemployed and low waged/low skilled, there were considerable barriers and a lack of a cohesive Scotland-wide network to specifically address their needs.

The implementation of the programme started in January 2008 and already the hubs have brought on a number of satellites who are starting to deliver digital literacy courses with their clients. Satellites range from The Wise Group to The Jeely Piece Club and Heart of Midlothian Community Trust to City of Edinburgh Libraries and Haywired.

The exciting and innovative partnership with industry colleagues Cisco, learndirect scotland, and their network of more than 500 branded learning centres, has begun to produce the results that the Alliance aspires to provide IT training to 100,000 disadvantaged individuals by 2010, to improve their employability skills and meet the future skills needs of business.


  • Microsoft
  • Cisco
  • Oracle
  • learndirect 





Quotation of beneficiaries

“This is a great programme that will help towards delivering the promises of 100,000 Scots trained in IT by 2010. The funding from both ESF and learndirect scotland allows us to develop the support infrastructure for the satellites and they in turn are enhancing the employability of the people they work with”

Roger Horam of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, who is managing the ESF funded part of the programme

“I see this project as an example of how to deliver Scotland’s Skills Strategy through broad partnership working, building on existing capacity and best practice, and delivering high quality, industry-led training”

Bob McGonigle, Skills Development Manager for Microsoft Scotland.


Bob McGonigle
Skills Manager for Microsoft Scotland 




IAJ Stakeholder Report spring 2009

IAJ Stakeholder Report winter 2008