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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.

16+ Learning Choices

16+ Learning Choices is a Scottish Government commitment to giving every young person an entitlement to learning at least until aged 18. It is part of the senior phase of Curriculum for Excellence.

Key Aspects

The 3 key aspects are:

  • The right learning provision must be in place - a range of options including staying on at school, entering further or higher education, participating in the national training programmes, or taking part in personal and social development opportunities offered through community learning and development, must be available to each young person.
  • The right financial support must be available to ensure that young people make choices based on the most appropriate learning for them, rather than on the amount of money offered.
  • The right information, advice and guidance must be available to make sure that young people know what opportunities are on offer, how those fit with their own needs and ambitions, and how they will progress.

Why is 16+ Learning Choices important?

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.

What is an Activity Agreement?

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.

Who is eligible for an Activity Agreement?

Young people eligible for an Activity Agreement are

  • those who choose to leave school at their statutory leaving date, but who have not secured an 'agreed offer' at the point of leaving,
  • those who are about to leave school from alternative provision, but who are at risk of not making a positive transition,
  • those who made an initial positive transition from school, but have subsequently moved into a negative destination.

Young people who sign up to an Activity Agreement may be entitled to apply for an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

Partnership working

A number of partners are involved with this project:

More information

You can also refer to the Scottish Government's Opportunities for All page.

For Further Information Contact

Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000