Social Enterprises

Employment - Social Enterprise

Our social enterprise schemes aim to help those who have fallen on difficult times – whether it be homelessness or unemployment, to acquire skills, build self-confidence and get them job ready.

What we do

From electrical safety testing to bike repairs, we offer opportunities for development and training in a supportive, but authentic working environment.

All profit is reinvested into helping others undergo training, thereby equipping more people with necessary skills that will enhance their ability to return to the work place. By working on- site and attending courses at Salvation Army centres, our training programmes get to the heart of the issues that matter to our trainees.

Through this, we see individuals grow, develop, and contribute to their local community again.

Since starting trading, Employment Plus Electrical Safety Testing has:

  • Tested more than 160,000 electrical items for safety.
  • Trained 76 people in PAT testing, all of whom have experienced homelessness or long-term unemployment.
  • Created four Future Jobs Fund positions, providing six months of paid work for young adults or people who are facing long-term unemployment..
  • Generated an income of £156,000 and invested £23,400 into training, travel and resources for the trainees.

Of the 76 trainees engaged over the last three years:

  • 28 have successfully moved on into employment.
  • Four are working in portable appliance testing, 24 are working in other areas.

Case Study

Electrical Safety Testing

The Salvation Army’s E+ Electrical Safety Testing is a social enterprise that offers a range of safety testing, with all the reliability and integrity associated with The Salvation Army.

The scheme is designed to help people who are experiencing unemployment and homelessness to acquire skills, build self-confidence, and to help them be job ready and to get into employment.

The social enterprise offers high-quality electrical safety testing by a team of NAPIT-accredited engineers, to meet requirements by law demands that employers, employees and the self-employed take practical steps to ensure no danger results from work-based electrical equipment. It promises their customers an honest, reliable service with no hidden extras, call-out charges or bills for additional labour.  Trainees work with private, public, and third sector organisations and collaborate with facilities management companies and electrical contractors to provide a fully managed service to their clients. It strives for the highest of standards and aim to deliver a first class, proficient service.


What a brilliant week! This opportunity got me into a routine … and had something positive to look forward to.

‘It was a brilliant week. This training opportunity got me into a routine of waking up early, getting dressed, going out in the morning and having something positive to look forward to. Overall, the electrical safety testing training course has provided me with the opportunity to tread a path I have always wanted to, and I have found it to be very beneficial. Hopefully, when the time is right I would like to continue on establishing my own PAT-Testing business.’ GHt skills and direct delivery of training services.

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How we help

We work alongside jobseekers to understand their needs and goals

Red Shield Enterprises

Helping the homelessness and unemployed to be Portable Appliance Testers

Employment Plus

We offer tailored support to help people become job-ready