European Structural and Investment Funds

CASE STUDY: The Hub – Perth and Kinross Council (European Social Fund)

January 24, 2020 by 1 Comment | Category Case study

Perth and Kinross Council’s Employability Pipeline programme provides support and advice about seeking jobs for adults, young people and those with a health condition living in Perth & Kinross. The £4.4m programme is supported with £1.8m of allocated grant from the European Social Fund (ESF), and one project supported by the programme is The Hub in Perth city centre.

The Hub offers an ‘all purpose’ employability suite to support business and employability activity. It focuses support in two ways: supporting and advising job seeking clients with all aspects of employability skills; and engaging with and supporting local businesses in recruiting and retaining staff to aid business growth.

Thanks to ESF support, the Hub helps people like Douglas, who had been redundant for eight months after losing his job as a hotel manager and whose confidence was extremely low as a result. The Hub helped Douglas to enhance his CV and supported him with job applications, one-on-one interview technique workshops and a mock interview. Douglas had only been looking for work in the hospitality sector but after the Hub explained about all of his transferable skills, this widened his job search. As a result of support from the Hub, Douglas gained a job as a call handler at a large local insurance firm and has shown so much promise that he now trains new staff.

To find out more about Perth and Kinross Council’s Employability Pipeline and what it achieves with ESF support, please visit:

Project details

  • Operation name: Employability Pipeline Perth & Kinross
  • ESF contribution: £1,790,933
  • Total expenditure: £4,437,585
  • Lead Partner: Perth & Kinross Council
  • Thematic Objective: 8. Promoting sustainable and quality employment and supporting labour mobility
  • Dates: 01/01/2019 – 31/12/2022
  • Programme: European Social Fund 2014-2020


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