In December 2014 the Scottish Government published 'Developing the Young Workforce, Scotland's Youth Employment Strategy', which detailed various KPIs to be met by 2021. These included reducing the level of youth unemployment in Scotland by 40%, becoming one of the top five performing countries in the EU and increasing the percentage of employers recruiting direct from education.
'Opportunities for All' continues to support this structure by following the Curriculum for Excellence entitlements to a broad, balanced and challenging education alongside relevant personal support and preparation for life and work. Our aspiration is that schools prepare and support each young person for a stretching and rewarding career pathway.
Young people who leave school must be fully supported to enable them to follow a career pathway with sustainability being key. They should be encouraged to think about their next destinations after school in a step-by-step way.
Many of the jobs young people will do when they leave school do not yet exist and they may have several jobs during their lifetime so building transferable skills and gaining work experience are a great way of beginning their journey to employment.
Young people need to have the skills and attitudes to cope with an unpredictable future, to be able to deal with setbacks and disappointments in a positive way, and to continue to learn for the rest of their lives.
The 3 key aspects are:
Clackmannanshire Council wants every young person who leaves school to be in the best possible position to take up employment, training and further learning. To do this successfully, every school leaver should be confident and ready to move ahead with their learning.
Some young people need more support than others to achieve this. They may face a number of barriers to participating in learning and moving on with their lives. For them, Clackmannanshire has a new Activity Agreement programme.
An Activity Agreement is a written arrangement between a young person and their Activity Agreement key worker where they agree to take part in a programme of learning and activities to help support them to become ready for formal learning or employment. Activity Agreements are not time limited and are based on an individual's needs.
Young people eligible for an Activity Agreement are
Young people who sign up to an Activity Agreement may be entitled to apply for an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).
A number of partners are involved with this project:
You can also refer to the Scottish Government's Opportunities for All page.
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