A Statement by the Engine Shed
Over the last year at the Engine Shed has tried to work with Edinburgh Council to resolve our difficulties.
- Receiving a further years transition funding of £211,000 until April 2015 to allow time to develop new opportunities;
- Meeting and working with Business Gateway to develop new ways of workings;
- Working with a Community Enterprise Consultant funded by the Just Enterprise scheme operated by Business Gateway.
- Spending 4 months in an ultimately unsuccessful negotiations with the “Preferred Consortium” to secure a place in a joint tender that recognised the Engine Shed’s unique contribution to support young adults in learning employments skills.
- A willingness to explore new option for individuals including self-directed support.
- Exploring way of applying to the Challenge Fund and other Third Party Grants programme available through the Edinburgh City Council;
- Exploring ways of applying for future European Social Funds (subject to first having a grant suitable for matching) from April 2015.
- From April to June, the CEO and directors taking part in a series of three meetings with senior council staff and councillors to explore funding opportunities.
The Engine Shed remains keen to find new ways to work with Edinburgh City Council on future developments. The new Scottish Government report ‘Education Working for All’ clearly sets out the recommendations for creating employment pathways from school to work and how these can be achieved, with an emphasis on work based work experience and new apprenticeships. This offers exciting possibilities that we are keen to explore.
No matter what happens with these and other discussions, the Engine Shed Board are seeking new ways of providing vital support for young people with learning disabilities from all across Lothian to gain the skills they need for of a life time of work.