logosAs part of the ProjectScotland experience we’re now offering the Certificate of Work Readiness (CWR) through an exciting new partnership with SDS (Skills Development Scotland). This is a  work experience focussed programme which integrates ProjectScotland’s volunteering placement with an accredited training programme. During the training course you will focus on:

• Understanding the responsibilities of employment
• Dealing with work situations
• Building skills for customer care
…and much more!

Download our handy Certificate of Work Readiness handout for more information.

Who can apply?

We’re able to offer the Certificate of Work Readiness to young people who are focussed on using their volunteering placement to help them get more ready for work. We’d LOVE to tell you more about this opportunity, please get in touch if you live in or around Edinburgh and identify as one of the following:

• Being from a Black Minority Ethnic background
• Having a disability and/or mental health problem which affects your day to day life
• Being from a care experienced background (e.g. local authority/residential care)

What can I achieve?

On top of all the benefits of being a ProjectScotland volunteer (our placements are 20-30 hours a week for 13 weeks), you’ll also get a qualification which shows employers that you’re ready for work. This certificate has been developed in partnership with the business community meaning you’ll get new skills and bucket loads of experience to help secure future employment or further learning.

Read about other young people who have volunteered with ProjectScotland.

How does it work?

It’s a mix of really useful training and ProjectScotland’s volunteering placement – letting you build up the skills employers want to see on your CV. You’ll start with a classroom based training course to help you prepare for the world of work. After that, you’ll be matched to one of ProjectScotland’s volunteering placements – something that ticks your boxes in terms of future job hopes and aspirations. On your placement you’ll get continued feedback and support from a ProjectScotland staff member, and just 190 hours of volunteering time later, the Certificate of Work Readiness will be all yours.

What support will I get?

A member of the ProjectScotland team will be your personal champion, right from your first meeting, throughout the training and the placement. They’ll be on hand to provide continuous support and cheer you on. You’ll also have a ProjectScotland mentor who will help you recognise your new skills, confidence and experience, helping you get the job that’s right for you. As an added bonus, our mentors can continue to support you for up to 9 months after your placement finishes.

If you are interested in taking part, or would like to know more/find out if you’re eligible, please contact us at

If you’re not sure this programme is for you, you can still apply to be a ProjectScotland volunteer here. Why not find out how volunteering helped other young people in Scotland get on in life by reading their stories here?