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employment and volunteering

Services to connect people to employment opportunities

Employment and volunteering

In these unprecedented times the employment landscape is changing. Through choice or necessity, this is forcing a number of people to re-assess their employment options going forward. Identifying your transferable skills has never been more important when it comes to finding work or changing your career, with less job openings available and staff redundancies increasing. The move towards remote working also highlights the need to have online skills to effectively compete for jobs in the current market. Voluntary organisations are redesigning their services, meaning that many volunteer roles are changing or disappearing altogether.

Employability Service

For 12 years Volunteer Edinburgh’s employability service has helped people to identify their skills, talents and aspirations, build transferrable skills and use volunteering as a stepping stone to employment. Our work coaches will work with you to build confidence, self-belief and employability.

We can help you adapt to changes in the job market by:

  • Helping you identify your skills & talents which are relevant to the current job market
  • Updating CVs
  • Supporting with job applications
  • Developing online interview skills
  • Providing advice and guidance
  • Helping you to set career goals

As part of the city’s Joined Up For Jobs Network, Volunteer Edinburgh works closely with other services so can put you in touch with organisations providing specialist advice, support and training.

The service is currently being delivered by phone or Zoom conversations. For more information contact and arrange a time to speak with one of our staff. There is no need to wait until everything returns to “normal” to start preparing your path to employment.

Job Coaching: Skills and Values

Here is the first of a collection of Service Tasters that we will be providing on our site that give a brief overview of some of the services we offer. This one entitled Job Coaching: Skills and Values features audio from Christine Meldrum who is a Voluntary Work Coach in our Health and Employability team.

If you would like to feature this one or more of our Service Tasters on your own site please contact


Our employability drop-in sessions are currently under review in light of the current Covid-19 situation. Watch this space for further updates.

If you want to find out more about the service, contact us via email at or call 0131 225 0630.

You can find additional guidance on using Zoom here.