On Tuesday 3rd April a further 16 new employees started work at Linstone, joining the first 16 that started with the Housing Association in January as part of our Community Based Transitional Employment Programme (CBET). Linstone are now employing 32 young people who would otherwise have been out of work or training.

This initiative is financed by Invest in Renfrewshire and European Structural & Investment Fund Youth Employment Initiative. Linstone successfully bid to deliver this employment and training programme with Invest in Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire Council’s programme to boost the local economy and tackle unemployment.

Linstone will coordinate provision of the programme through mentored work experience placements with Linstone’s in-house Estates Management Team, alongside other work experience partners; The Bell Group, ISS Facility Services LandscapingPaisley Housing Association, Caldwell Cleaning, GD Chalmers, Ferguslie Park Housing Association, Young Enterprise Scotland and MPS Construction

The work placement participants will experience a training programme blended with 21 hours work experience each week.  Vocational accreditations and employability support will be delivered by West College Scotland (WCS), from their Paisley Campus.  Personal development & life skills will be delivered by Glasgow Homelessness Network (GHN) through their ‘Keys to Learn’ programme.  Learning about financial responsibility will be achieved through a bespoke three-day workshop ‘Learn to Earn’, delivered by Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).  The programme being coordinated by Linstone’s Work Experience Co-ordinator; Chris McNally, to ensure the necessary support for each individual throughout the placement.

The second group of 16 new employees on their induction day beginning their 6 month employment and training experience with, far left; Adele Fraser, Chief Executive, Lesley-Anne Junner, Director of Finance & Corporate Services, far right, David Adam, Director of Housing & Property Services.


Adele Fraser, Chief Executive at Linstone Housing said;

 “ Linstone have for many years been involved in wider community regeneration. In this our 20th year, we are delighted to be able to expand this commitment to include the Community Based Transitional Employment Training Programme. Working in collaboration with our local contractors and partners we are able to provide genuine work and training opportunities to local people.”

Ruth Cooper, Economic Development Manager, Renfrewshire Council added;

 “ Linstone Housing are providing a vital programme that will employ, supervise and nurture young people, develop their workplace skills, experience and ability to progress to sustainable employment in construction, landscaping and self-employment. Linstone are working with us as a specialist provider targeting support for those furthest from the labour market, often with multiple barriers to employment.   Supported by European Structural & Investment Fund Youth Employment Initiative this programme will provide work experience to support individuals to progress to sustainable employment in the future. ”



For further information contact:

Chris McNally – 07416 583 564

CBET Programme Coordinator, Linstone Housing Association

Carol Gemmell – 07971 422 808

Community Regeneration Officer, Linstone Housing Association