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New approaches towards tackling barriers to employability: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop

Hear from previous SURF Award winners. 

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This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in the Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, on 3 May provides an opportunity to explore successful new approaches towards tackling barriers to employability. The winning and highly commended projects from the Youth Employability category and the winner of the Community Led Regeneration category highlighted in the 2017 SURF Awards process will share their experiences and transferable learning.

SURF and the Scottish Government work together to identify and highlight excellence and innovation in initiatives that address social and economic challenges in disadvantaged communities through the annual SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.

Workshop guests will firstly hear from a project representative from the Youth Employability category winner LinkLiving. The project works with young people in Edinburgh, Falkirk and Fife and supports them in seeking employment, education and training by helping identify goals and removing barriers to progress

The second presentation will be given by the Community Led Regeneration category winner Dundee International Women’s Centre. DIWC’s vision is to provide a space where women and girls from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities achieve their personal goals, reach their full potential, and prosper in their community.

This will be followed by input from the Youth Employability highly commended Creative Pathways: Barrhead project. The project is delivered in partnership by community arts charity Impact Arts and Barrhead Housing Association. It delivers an employability programme that uses the power of arts and creativity to inspire and motivate young people who are not in employment, education or training.

Delegates will then hear from the second of the Youth Employability highly commended projects the DRC Youth Project. The service is run by DRC Youth Project, a voluntary organisation that provides a range of support for socially excluded young people in various wards across north west Glasgow including Yoker, Scotstoun and Whiteinch.

The event will close with Skills Development Scotland providing detail on its current priorities towards supporting individuals and organisations to help people enter or return back into training and employment. It will then open up to a discussion on National Policy.



10:00: Welcome and Coffee

10:30: Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

10:40: Presentation, LinkLiving: Sarah Smith, LinkLiving

10:55: Presentation, Dundee International Women’s Centre: Fatima Ramzan and Vaqar Salimi, DIWC

11:10: Presentation, Creative Pathways: Barrhead: Fiona Doring and Natalie McFadyen White, Impact Arts 

11:20: Presentation, DRC Youth Project: TBC

11:30: Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects

11:50: Presentation, Skills Development Scotland: Michelle Gibson, Skills Development Scotland

12.00: Open Discussion on National Policy

12:25: Summary and Thanks: Andy Milne

12:30: Networking Lunch


When and Where

Date: Thursday 3 May 2018, 10am-1pm

Venue: The Storytelling Centre , 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh


Please complete the booking form on the SURF website. For any queries contact emma@surf.scot

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