All Together Edinburgh
All Together Edinburgh (ATE) is a social enterprise set up in 2010 after recognising that there was a need for a practical retail training program which would prepare people with learning disabilities to work in the retail sector.
ATE provides a service and facilities within a charity shop environment where people can:
• Learn the full spectrum of retail and work skills including stock generation and processing, health and safety, recycling, customer service, merchandising and display, marketing, team building and communication
• Increase chances of employment or move onto further education
• Grow in confidence and self-esteem.
All monies raised by its retail outlet are re-invested back into the shop for training purposes as well as the intention of opening other shops in the Edinburgh area.
ATE’s charity shop/stock collection operation will create a learning environment where service users are trained and assessed through a nationally recognised skills accredited programme. This Borders College Programme is called the Ready for Retail Award and is certified by NCFE. The Awards are on the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at levels 1 and 2. To complete the full award candidates must achieve 5 units. These will include Basic Work Skills, Customer Care, Health and Safety, Recycling, Interview Techniques and optional units in Stock Display and Operating a Cash Register. Candidates can also be accredited for individual units.
The programme normally takes a year to complete but this is dependent on the service user’s needs and capabilities and there will be a certain degree of flexibility on the timescale. SCQF Level 1 candidates may have support to achieve the learning outcomes. Staff at the retail outlet carry out the training and assessments and are themselves trained and supported by a Borders College training consultant.
Every candidate will have a completed portfolio including photographic evidence. This is a valuable testament to their achievements and may be used at job interviews, as a tool for working or further developing their skills or moving onto college or employment. It also may be used as a means of communicating their skills to family and friends.
For further info, contact:
All Together Edinburgh
87 Leith Walk
Tel: 0131 553 7016
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