GCIL Employment Solutions
GCIL Employment Solutions
- Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living (GCIL) is a user-led organisation that exists to reduce social exclusion of disabled people.
- GCIL's expertise in the field of disability equality, positive action and innovative employment and training programmes is widely recognised.
- To date, 85% of participants have moved into further open employment or higher education on completion of their contract with GCIL Employment Solutions.
GCIL Employment Solutions is the first programme of its kind in the UK specifically designed to address the employability needs of disabled people whilst offering salaried employment status.
GCIL Employment Solutions have been providing a wide range of training and employment opportunities for disabled people and employers since 2001.
The majority of our dedicated staff team is made up of disabled people, many of whom have themselves experienced the barriers which can isolate and exclude disabled people from employment opportunities.
- There are around 1 million disabled people in Scotland
- Disabled people make up 20% of the working age population
- 48% of disabled people are in employment – compared to 83% of non-disabled people
- Disabled people are 3 times more likely to be unemployed than non-disabled people
Our research has conclusively shown that many disabled people are keen to be more economically active, but are excluded from the labour market by real but surmountable barriers.
GCIL Employment Solutions deliver services in three specific areas;
1. GCIL Employment Project
Is an integrated employment project that provides waged work experience, intensive support, training and personal development to disabled people within a host organisation.
The programme matches opportunity with need and raises the employability of disabled people by enhancing skills, qualifications, employability and confidence to prosper in today’s employment market.
2. GCIL Professional Careers
This programme delivers a positive action programme across Scotland and seeks to address the under-representation of disabled people in employment in professional positions within Social Housing in Scotland.
The programme operates by offering disabled people the opportunity of a thirty month work placement within housing associations and local authorities throughout Scotland. GCIL Professional Careers trainees undertake a formal housing qualification on a day release basis. The Traineeship programme provides a structured training opportunity consisting of work-based placement and academic education on a day release/open learning basis.
Employability Services: Employability Award Training
Employability Award training is delivered over 4 days and is SQA accredited. There are 4 learning modules:
- Preparation for employment
- Building own employability skills
- Responsibilities of employment
- Dealing with work situations
The course, which covers all areas around job hunting, filling in applications forms, building a good CV and preparing for job interviews, has been designed to support and prepare participants for employment. The course is aimed at disabled people who are currently pursuing mainstream employment and are ready to start work.
Funding restrictions mean that this programme is only available to people who live within Glasgow City and have a Glasgow City postcode.
To request an information pack or request further information on any aspect of this page, then please contact:
Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living
117-127 Brook Street
Tel: 0141 550 4455
Fax: 0141 550 4858
Textphone: 0141 554 6482
To download information brochures on the above services (in pdf format, other formats available on request), please access our Resources page or follow this link.