Barnardo's Works - Stage 2 + 3

What do we offer at Stages 2 and 3?

At Stage 2/3 we offer Steps to Work as part of the employability fund programme. This programme is focused on personal development, exploring career choices and preparing for the world of work. You will complete a 4 week training course with Barnardo’s Works and then complete an 8 week voluntary work experience placement. At the end of the Steps to Work programme you will have the option to move into employment - if you are ready, further education or training such as the Certificate of Work Readiness at Stage 4 .

Who can apply?

This programme is suitable for anyone who is aged 16 to 24 and is not in education, training or employment, but is at the pre-employment stage. Barnardos Works offers this programme in Caithness and Sutherland, Ross and Cromarty, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey.

What can you achieve?

Barnardo’s Works deliver SQA accredited folios as part of their training programmes. On Stage 2/3 you can achieve the Steps to Work Award.

Can I get a training allowance?

You may be entitled to receive a weekly training allowance of up to £55 if you are not registered with the Job Centre. If you are registered with the Job Centre you could receive a training allowance equal to your DWP benefit allowance. You will be given a monetary allowance for your travel costs throughout the duration of training.

Who do I contact to find out more?

Individuals who are interested in the Steps to Work programme should discuss this with their Job Centre Plus Adviser (if registered with the Job Centre), Skills Development Scotland Adviser, Personal Adviser or Support Worker who will be able to make a referral to Barnardo’s Works.

For further information about the employability fund contact:
Leah Sutherland -
Becki McKenzie -
For general enquiries or if you are unsure if this is the right programme for you please feel free to contact Barnardo’s Works directly - details below.


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