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HOT TRAIN: Transnational exchange and training project in the Hospitality sector

Sept 2014

FSD staff recently participated in the plenary meeting in Oslo, Norway marking the successful completion of the Leonardo Da Vinci funded ‘HOT TRAIN’ Project.

Coordinated by Oslo based organisation AVRE, FSD worked with 8 partners from the hospitality sector and leading Social Enterprises in Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Ireland and Norway. 

Building on previous EU projects, a framework and methodology for training individuals with disadvantages was developed and adopted by partner hotels in Europe.

The methodology enables individuals with barriers to employment to access training and skills development in a social firm hotels; increasing their employability and capacity to secure and sustain a job in the mainstream labour market. Trainees are now engaging with the training methodology and obtaining opportunities in the hospitality sector.

FSD lead the review of commercial operations of guesthouses in the project, helping to identify critical factors involved in operating sustainably. The review explored:

  • maximising commercial income sources without jeopardising social aims;
  • securing long term sustainable sources of funding/income for employability provision;
  • staying up to date with markets and trends for both commercial and employability activities.

A guidance manual was developed for operating sustainably in both existing and new social firm hotels; a vital component to ensure that more trainees can be supported to find and maintain meaningful employment.






FS awarded EFQM "Committed to Excellence" Statusefqm logo

June 2014

Forth Sector has recently achieved EFQM “Committed to Excellence” status, just like FSD has done. Please see Scotsman Article http://bit.ly/ForthSectorEFQM

This internationally recognised award, presented by Quality Scotland, marks Forth Sector commitment to continuous improvement, which was demonstrated by carrying out an in-depth assessment of the organisation and identifying and implementing key areas for improvement.”




FSD awarded EFQM "Committed to Excellence" Status

August 2011

efqmForth Sector Development has recently achieved EFQM “Committed to Excellence” status, having successfully participated in the Big Lottery funded Supporting Voluntary Action (SVA) Quality Matters project

This internationally recognised award, presented by Quality Scotland, marks Forth Sector Development’s commitment to continuous improvement, which was demonstrated by carrying out an in-depth assessment off the organisation and identifying and implementing key areas for improvement.”


Aileen Campbell, the minister for local government launched the guide to building successful Public Social Partnerships (PSPs)

July 18/2011 .

The guidance, published on 8th July 2011, is based on 10 PSP pilots from across Scotland who were part of the Scottish PSP Project funded by the Scottish Government and led by Price Waterhouse Coopers, with Forth Sector Development acting as a delivery partner.

This short film showcases some of the Pilots, their thoughts on the Project and on the PSP model in general.View the guide here pdf


Social Impact Scotland launched 14th March 2011.

14th March 2011

Part of the legacy of the Scottish Government's SROI Project, the portal is managed by Forth Sector Development, and retains comprehensive information on Social Return on Investment,as well as introductory information on other core methodologies and approaches including Social Accounting and Audit, Triple Bottom Line, Balanced Score Card and others. The portal offers a comprehensive introduction to the field and aims to support third sector organisations, funders, public sector commissioners, procurement and service delivery agencies, social enterprises and commercial businesses to access information, case studies, publications and guidance to further sources of support. The site will continue to expand to give access to information on a spectrum of social impact measurement options with useful links and details of where you can get support. http://www.socialimpactscotland.org.uk/


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