Skills Programme


The Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal is a UK and Scottish government-led investment in the region where 24% of Scotland's population live, designed to accelerate productivity and inclusive growth through the funding of infrastructure, skills and innovation. 

Capital City Partnership supports the Integrated Regional Employability and Skills (IRES) programme, working within the Project Management Office to provide a connection role to the seven core themes below and leading or delivering on a number of areas.

Labour Market Analysis and Evaluation

This project will create a cross-partner virtual team to undertake research and evaluation support for the IRES programme. It will draw on existing partner expertise to provide insights on the success of our activities, expose obstacles or ineffective approaches, and identify best practice from elsewhere that could be adopted or tested as part of a culture of continuous improvement. 

Integrated Employer Engagement

This project work will clarify, co-ordinate and improve the employability and skills service offer to employers. The partners will establish a “No Wrong Door” approach that will create designated points of contact to manage individual employer relationships that will allow us to; tailor and route our combined service offer, pool and match the opportunities that are generated, reduce double handling, and so strengthen individual relationships. To complement this, the partners will also develop a regional approach to “Community Benefits from Procurement”.

Integrated Knowledge Systems

This project will aim to better align and integrate partner performance management systems and digital services to enable the more effective pooling, analysis, and dissemination of performance information that will be critical to driving service improvement, increased responsiveness, and the creation of an integrated person-centred approach. 

Intensive Family Support Service

The service will offer a combination of intensive, general and specialist activities tailored to the needs of the whole family.  Supporting each individual within the families to progress, as well as implementing whole family activities that will build a support network, improve the family dynamic to provide effective support for each other.  The service will be delivered through a multi-agency, family focused approach that will target specific areas of intense need throughout the city region, providing a network of  interventions.

Housing Construction and Innovation Skills Gateway

The HCI gateway will bring together industry, universities, colleges, schools and other partners to provide an integrated (visible) progression routes into Construction and Low Carbon careers encompassing basic/key skills in schools through to advanced postgraduate training and research role in business that help drive high value growth. It will create and deliver employability, skills attainment, upskilling and career progression and inclusion support activities to enhance productivity, competitiveness and support innovations currently gaining momentum in the sector. 

Digital Data Innovation Skills Gateway

The DDI Gateway will bring together industry, universities, colleges, schools and other partners to provide integrated and visible progression routes into DDI careers encompassing basic/key skills in schools (digital citizens who interact with public and private digital services) through to advanced postgraduate training and research (digital business leaders driving the development of global digital businesses) that help drive high value growth.  

Workforce Mobility

This project focuses on the blockers to the full mobility of the regional workforce beyond individual personal skills and capabilities. The initial area of weakness being examined is the role of travel in supporting vulnerable or disengaged members of our workforce to move into and sustain good learning or work opportunities, while also opening up new talent pools for employers. 

Intensive Family Support Service Specification

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