"Helping people with additional challenges in to jobs,
volunteering and skills development;
through integrated services and social enterprise."

Our Aim

Employability Network People The Perth & Kinross Employability Network was formed in August 2011 to improve employability services for young people and adults with additional challenges such as disability, illness or a history of offending. The Network provides a wide range of supports, opportunities, and volunteering or work experience placements to help people achieve their personal goals. Some member organisations also offer a range of supports to local employers.

Supporting and Developing Network Services for the Future

In 2013 the Governance Group was set up to sustain the Network and support partnership working. The Group comprises members from statutory and third sector partner organisations, representing the wide spectrum of employability services and social enterprise. It works to improve prospects for our job seekers, our collective performance and individual member outcomes through coordination of partnership effort, shared resources and knowledge.

The Governance Group

Governance Group Member Pat Menzies has been employed by NHS Tayside since 2006 as the Community Rehabilitation Specialist (Mental Health) for rural localities in Perth & Kinross. She is a qualified Occupational Therapist (OT), has undertaken post graduate studies in Vocational Rehabilitation and holds a Masters in Psychology. Pat has extensive experience in adult and adolescent forensic mental health, in-patient adult mental health, paediatrics, community medicine and psychiatry. She has worked as an OT in local Councils and the NHS in Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Perth & Kinross. Pat is an enthusiastic promoter of improvement initiatives and innovative practice in employability services for clients who face additional barriers to the job market.

Network Chair

Pat Menzies

Pat Menzies, Manager, Community Rehabilitation & Recovery Service, NHS Tayside

Brian Kinnear has been the Employment Development Manager since 2009 and Community Inclusion Team Leader with Perth & Kinross Council since 2013. Managing the Employment Support Team is also one of his key roles. Moreover Brian is responsible for managing and developing learning disability day opportunities, supported living services and mental health employment support services. He has been with the Council since 1995 in various management and development roles from residential care to care management, day care and home care services. Brian is committed to partnership working to enhance employment services to ensure people have opportunities to develop and enjoy a fulfilling life. He is ever keen to promote the value of paid employment as an important factor in social inclusion.

Depute Chair

Brian Kinnear

Brian Kinnear, Manager / Team Leader, Perth & Kinross Council

Jackie Scrimgeour works for Perth & Kinross Council as the Acting Employment and Supported Living Team Manager for adults with community care needs. Previously she was a Day Centre Officer in Learning Disability Services in Blairgowrie and Forfar, and a Support Worker at Ark Community Network promoting independence and community inclusion. Jackie worked on the development of Can-Able (now called Green 2 Go), a recycling enterprise offering training and supported employment. She was one of the first local Community Facilitators, supporting adults with learning disabilities into work. Jackie originally qualified and practised as a Registered General Nurse with NHS Tayside. Jackie is committed to supporting people to achieve fulfilling lives where employment is a real prospect.

Employability Network Coordinator

Jackie Scrimgeour

Jacqueline Scrimgeour, Depute Employment Development Manager, Perth and Kinross Council

Gareth is the CEO of Checkin Works / Giraffe, having recently taken over from its founder, James Alexander.

Gareth joined Checkin/Giraffe from the Prince's Trust Scotland and before that, the Wise Group. With the Prince's Trust he was in charge of the national education programme, supported all aspects of funding and development and worked hard to raise the attainment with the hardest to reach young people the Trust engaged with. With the Wise Group, he supported employability programmes, oversaw national third sector funding programmes and was involved in increasing the resilience and sustainability of our sector.

Group Associate

Gareth Ruddock

Gareth Ruddock, Manager, Checkin Works and Giraffe Trading CIC

Judith Alexander is the Employer and Partnership Manager for Perthshire, working in the Directorate of JobCentre Plus. Judith has held various posts within the DWP including provision of advisory services and as a Jobcentre Manager. She has been based in Perth now for 18 months, having previously worked in Forth Valley, Fife and Dundee.

Judith is a valuable support to local Employers; assisting with a wide range of recruitment challenges from filling a single post to bulk recruitments. In working to ensure jobseekers have the right skills to meet labour market demands, Judith works ceaselessly to source worthwhile training opportunities.

Group Associate

Judith Alexander

Judith Alexander, Employer and Partnership Manager Perthshire, Job Centre Plus

Karen Downs is the Subject Leader of the New Opportunities department at Perth College UHI. Karen has worked in Further Education for over 30 years, supporting access to education and training opportunities for learners facing barriers to participation.

Karen has undertaken a variety of roles within the College, building up contacts within the local area as part of her Community Liaison post. She works hard to ensure that transitions into work and learning are manageable and sustainable and that College provides a realistic opportunity for all.

Group Associate

Karen Downs

Karen Downs, Subject Leader, Perth College UHI