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Challenge Poverty Week takes place across Monday 7 - Sunday 13 October. Most people will struggle financially at some point; parents, old and young, those living with health conditions or even those already in a job; there can be many times in our lives when we need support around our finances and finding the right training or job can be a positive way to boost your income.

A Helping Hand

Thinking about how to find training or work can make you feel overwhelmed and unsure where to turn. You may want a helping hand to take those first steps towards searching for a new career, need help with relevant training, looking to get back into employment after time away, or even if you are in work at present but looking for a new career path, Work EastRen has become a solution for over a thousand East Renfrewshire residents.

Work EastRen’s Services

Work EastRen are East Renfrewshire Council’s employability service and offers all residents dedicated support in helping them move into sustainable employment and also help those already in work to learn new skills.

The team are also skilled in helping with any health, financial or other issues you may be facing. They will work with you step by step and in confidence to provide the right advice and guidance.

Using a structured, person-centred system of support, we provide a wide range of training and job related services including:

  • CV development
  • support with application forms
  • job search and access to latest vacancies
  • interview skills and practice with real employers
  • job matching and brokerage
  • modern apprenticeships
  • employer recruitment incentives
  • access to services provided by our partners, including additional support and financial advice
  • a range of programmes designed to boost participants’ skills and confidence
  • an aftercare service to help people even after they have found a job
  • advice on self-employment via our Economic Development and Business Gateway teams

They can help parents to address their barriers to work, which might include a lack of skills or work experience, health support, money advice, or motivational support.

For those already in work, the team can offer help in meeting the increasing challenge of in-work poverty, targeting support to help parents already in jobs support through the provision of training and employability support to remain active in the workplace and gain progression through a rewarding career.

Find a Job and Support Services

Along with personal development, the team continually liaise with surrounding businesses and you can find the latest job vacancies on the jobs board section of the website They also have a helpful guide to all kinds of support for people living in the area on their additional support web page

One to One Support

With a vast range of success stories, Work EastRen can help you find employment in several useful ways. One-to-one help is at hand, where a dedicated Client Adviser will provide supply support tailored to your specific circumstances. The team offers clients an individualised and structured plan to help them to gain the skills and qualifications they need to get a job.

Get In Touch

If you are a resident in East Renfrewshire and believe Work EastRen may be able to help you, then a phone call may be the first step to achieve your goal. After a chat with one of the friendly team, an appointment can be made to discuss your options. They also offer an outreach programme to surrounding areas including Neilston, Clarkston, Giffnock and Newton Mearns. Call to speak to a member of the team on 0141 577 8438.

This project has been part funded by the European Social Fund.