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Who Are We?

Skills Exchange SCIO is an employment and education charity, taking action to transform lives throughout South Lanarkshire.

We have centres in East Kilbride and Lanark.

What Do We Do?

Our mission is to help young people in South Lanarkshire on their journey towards the world of work by providing advice, guidance, training, qualifications and support.
We believe that everyone deserves the chance to live a good life and realise their potential. We want to help alleviate poverty and provide opportunities for the local community. We can empower you with the skills and self-belief you need to enter the world of work.

Don’t just take our word for it, see what people have to say!

“It helped me get into a job.”
Glasgow Slaters
We have now employed three individuals.”
-Glasgow Slaters
Village Centre Manager Joanne Gray
“We value the opportunity to have a young person on work placement.”
-Joanne Gray Village Centre, Centre Manager
Adele Skills Exchange Scio volunteer
“The experience has been great. I’m still learning more.”

How We Can Help You

In our first year as a charity, we supported 160 South Lanarkshire residents across a variety of training programmes and delivered employability qualifications to 60 young people in local high schools. We tailor all our programmes to different needs and circumstances.

Do You Work in a School?

  • We work with young people from S3 upwards
  • We understand that not one size fits all, and the school system does not suit all young people
  • Our training & employment tutors work closely with young people to prepare them for leaving school and understanding what opportunities are available
  • We have differently structured programmes covering initial engagement, life skills, personal development and employability and can tailor our programmes to different requirements

Are You aged between 16-17

  • We run programmes designed for young people to support them with the transition from school to the world of work
  • Learn in a nurturing environment and be supported and guided every step of the way.
  • Learn life skills, develop your confidence and gain employability skills.
  • Most of our programmes include work placements to build your skills and practical experience

Are you aged 18+

  • We run programmes for 18+ through the Employability Fund which link directly with local employers e.g Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd
  • We have a pre-employability / personal development programme in Lanark for 18 – 24 yrs
  • Many of our other programmes are open to 18+. Please check the information for each one.

Expand your horizons today and let us guide and support you on your journey to success!

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Current Programmes

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Skills Exchange works in partnership with various employers throughout South Lanarkshire. These employers are invaluable and provide a great service by allowing our participants to gain practical work experience. If you would like to invest in one of our young people, get in touch today!

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