Skills and employability training

Access to Industry works across Scotland to help excluded people move into education and on to employment.

A key component of this work is helping people to develop essential core employability skills in areas such as communication, information technology and problem solving.
We also provide a wide range of specific education and training courses in conjunction with well-respected educational establishments (such as Edinburgh College) and businesses in a wide range of sectors (including hospitality, retail and the public sector). All of these are free and designed to provide a stepping-stone on to further education or employment (see below for current courses and details of how to apply).

To read our prospectus, which lists all the courses we run, click here.

Key benefits of our courses include:

  • They can lead to recognised qualifications (such as City and Guilds and SVQ).
  • Many courses offer practical training and work placements.
  • Carefully structured support is provided to help participants reach their education and employment goals.
  • Entitlement benefits are not affected and transport and lunch costs are normally provided.
Eligibility criteria apply to many of our courses, however we will normally consider those with few qualifications who are not in training, employment or education.

The BOSS Project

BOSS (Breaking Opinions Surrounding Substances) was launched in November 2014 and is aimed at helping 16-19 year olds in Edinburgh move on to further education and employment. It focuses on those who are at risk of substance misuse, including legal highs (identified as a rising issue amongst young people). For more information, click here.

Get in touch

If you are interested in Access to Industry training, or if you are working with someone who you think might be, get in touch to arrange an initial information session.

Our Current Courses

Two new short courses for October 2017

We are pleased to announce that we are offering two new short courses on the topics of Edinburgh’s Dark Side and Psychology and Sociology. This opportunity to join Access to Industry’s Community College is being extended to unemployed clients from referral agencies. The course is delivered by Edinburgh College at 156 Cowgate.
Course details: Course will be delivered on a Tuesday and Wednesday, 1pm-3.15pm, for up to 18 weeks (clients can attend one or both days).
Two SQA qualifications in Communications and Working with Others will be delivered, at level 4 or 5.
PLEASE NOTE this course will only accept agency referrals and for clients who meet all the eligibility criteria set out on the application. In addition, they should be in a position to be able to commit to a 12-18 week course, with good attendance
For an application form, please contact us on

Photography Course

This course offers students the opportunity to learn an integrated, hands-on approach to photography, teaching basic camera techniques, image manipulation and digital manipulation. For more information on this course click here. This course is now closed to applications, but to register interest e-mail: 

College Courses

Access Beauty: Hands-on Beauty Therapy course which will give you an introduction to Manicures, Facials, Makeup and Customer Services. For more information on this course click here. To apply, download this application form.

National 4 Music Technology: If you’re looking for a career in music, sound engineering, DJing or music programming, this course is a great place to start. This is an introductory course and is intended for those who have little or no background in the subject. For more information on this course click here. To apply click here.

NPA Computer Games Development: This is an exciting introduction to digital media studies in a game development context. You will create a variety of multimedia including audio and graphics for your games, as well as learning the basics of programming. For more information on this course click here. To apply click here.

NPA Internet Technology: This provides an introduction to a variety of internet technologies and their uses as well as offering a grounding in software development for games design. You will learn about digital media, software development, computer games and internet safety. This course will prepare you for future study on a range of digital media and computing courses. Please note this course is not currently open. To register your interest, please email

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0131 260 9721

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