Barnardo's Works - Stage 4

What do we offer at Stage 4?

We offer the Certificate of Work Readiness as part of the employability fund programme. This is a work focused programme. The aim is that you will move into employment or training at the end of this programme. You will complete a 2 week intensive training course with Barnardo’s Works and then complete a 6-8 week work experience placement.

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 ready to work. Barnardos Works offers this programme in Caithness and Sutherland, Ross and Cromarty, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

What can you achieve?

At Stage 4 you could achieve the SQA Certificate of Work Readiness. The Certificate of Work Readiness has been developed in partnership with the business community and will include direct employer feedback and assessment. This will provide valuable information to help you secure future employment or further learning.

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 Certificate of Work Readiness 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 programmes 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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