Homelessness & Employability Toolkit
This homelessness and employability toolkit was designed in
2011, to complement rather than replace existing employability
toolkits and has been developed in recognition of the fact that
people experiencing homelessness face additional barriers
The toolkit focuses only on those aspects that are specific to
homelessness and is intended to be both a starting point and
evolutionary in nature, being added to and amended as practice and
research develops on a local and national basis.
The complex nature of homelessness means that homeless people
can be in contact with a diverse range of people who can impact on
their journey to work. The toolkit is intended to maximise the
opportunity for positive interventions by these workers.
Those such as:
- Health Professionals
- Housing Workers
- Criminal Justice Workers
- Jobcentre Plus staff
- Specialist support workers
- Community learning providers
- Statutory agencies
All of whom can play an influential part in the holistic
approach required to effectively develop the employability of
someone recovering from homelessness. The toolkit has been
- Raise awareness of the specific barriers to employability faced
by homeless people.
- Offer practice based solutions to these barriers.
- Reinforce the fact that service deliverers at all points of the
journey to work spectrum can positively impact on a homeless
The toolkit encompasses the experience and practice of a range
of agencies working across Scotland.