Training and employability support in Lanark

Training and employability support in Lanark

Training and employability support coming to Lanark

South Lanarkshire College has been awarded funding from South Lanarkshire Council and the European Social Fund to deliver a range of programmes through the Rural Energy Academy.

This new training and employability project aiming to progress 80 unemployed participants into roles related to the energy/utility sector and its supply chain is coming to the rural areas of South Lanarkshire. Activity and support will initially be available until 30th June 2018. REA_Web Header_Dec17

This new opportunity is for South Lanarkshire residents living in rural areas looking for work opportunities across a variety of roles within the energy/utility sector and its supply chain. Vocational skills and jobs will range from technical to administrative positions.

What’s on offer?

Our friendly staff will offer you:

Advice and support to identify your training needs.

Job search through our job club where the team will guide you through jobs opportunities – all this for you to build your confidence to go for that job!

Employability skills including: CV writing, interviewing skills, expectations in the workplace.

If you feel you need to build your confidence and could do with some help with employability skills, the Certificate of Work Readiness is the ideal course to get you started on your journey to secure employment.

Vocational accredited courses including Smart Metering Installation, Estimating, Timber Frame, Renewable Technologies, Administration, IT and Audio, SAGE, Spreadsheets and Databases, Human resources, Accounts etc.

Any further industry specific qualifications or resources required for placement or to progress to employment will be provided. This can include H&S test for CSCS card, PVG Membership, Moving & Handling, Extended Learning Support and any necessary PPE.

Work placements to help you gain valuable practical skills in a live workplace environment.

Work trials to help you showcase your skills to an employer.

All this for you to build your confidence to go for that job!
We welcome applications from new potential recruits as well as people with previous experience to access job opportunities through upskilling.

Whatever your circumstances and your level of support needs, you will be advised on the best way for you to gain new skills, qualifications and experience, to maximise your chances for a job related to the energy/utility sector and its supply chain.

Call one of our Advisors on 07813367422 or email to arrange an initial chat on what the Rural Energy Academy can offer you.

You can drop in at our premises in Lanark: Corner Unit at 2, Hope Street (ALVO premises across from the Clydesdale Inn).

One of our advisors will also be present at the Lanark Job Centre office on dates to be arranged by mutual agreement.

If you want to learn more about the energy/utility sector by visiting our workshops in South Lanarkshire College this can be organised too. Staff will be available to explain the skills and equipment used in the industry, links with industry and employers’ expectations.

Engaging with employers

We work with a wide base of employers who already use our College as a recruitment hub. These key partners offer work placements, work trials, guaranteed interviews and when they have vacancies, we can assist them with recruitment.
We are currently working with employers operating in the energy/utility sector and its supply chain seeking to recruit. If you are an employer looking to recruit or if you know employers who would like to work with us to offer work placements or employment, contact our team who will be delighted to assist with job brokerage.
Telephone on 07813367422 or email at


South Lanarkshire College has been an active partner in the delivery of the Energy Academy since its inception in 2010. The College has worked hand-in-hand with employers who have invested heavily in equipment and new technologies to provide industry focussed state-of-the-art facilities. The College has responded specifically to a range of expanding industry needs that focussed on new regulations. The College was able to develop new training including installation and maintenance of high efficiency boilers and micro renewables equipment (solar and photovoltaic panels), biomass boilers, mechanical air vents, ground and air-source heat pumps. South Lanarkshire College is the only one of two Colleges in the UK to deliver a Structural Timber Association Award in Timber Frame Erection, South Lanarkshire College, and is the only educational establishment in the United Kingdom approved to certificate this qualification.
The College constantly updates its workshops and equipment to respond to new technologies demanded and driven by industry. It has invested in state-of-the-art facilities supported by manufacturers of high efficiency boilers and micro renewable energy equipment keen to promote the latest technology in their specialism and updating it on a continual basis to ensure students can work on the most advanced technology. Students are able to see for themselves prime examples of these new technologies in our facilities: the low carbon house “Aurora” and a new “positive” extension.