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The Young Person's Guarantee

Officially launched on 5th November 2020, The Young Person’s Guarantee (YPG) is a commitment to Scotland’s young people.  The Guarantee is not a new programme, but it provides additional investment to build on successful activity happening locally and nationally.  The Youth Guarantee is the over-arching pledge that will sit above all programmes for young people, and many organisations, including Local Authorities and Partners, will play their part in helping to make it a reality.

The Guarantee is about connecting young people to appropriate opportunities.  All unemployed 16 – 24 year olds in Aberdeenshire will be given the opportunity to access support to help them into work, to go to university or college, to take up an apprenticeship, take part in training or work experience, or take part in a formal volunteering programme.

Within Aberdeenshire a wide range of Providers have come together to offer a wide range of support to Young People including:

This project is being delivered by Barnardo’s Works, it focuses on young people aged 16-24 that require employability wellbeing support, it is for those that are unable to access existing employability training or provision due to wellbeing barriers such as:  low confidence, anxiety, depression, low mood, isolation or limited or no work or volunteering programme.

This is being delivered by Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action, this programme will be a combination of learning, guidance, volunteering and support. It will give participants the opportunity to enrol in a SQA Employability Award and receive support to engage in a relevant volunteering activity.

This is being delivered by Enable Works.  This support will be available to young people with complex barriers such as learning disabilities or severe and enduring mental health issues in their employability needs.  The programme will support young people to develop, progress and sustain in work.

Delivered by Aberdeen Foyer, this programme is aimed at engaging young people.  The programme will give young people the opportunity to improve self-awareness, develop creativity and build resilience.

Delivered by LEAD Scotland, this specialist provision for disabled young people and carers. It offers support to learn, get into work and college and volunteer on the pathway to employment.

Delivered by Values Into Action Scotland, this is a one year Internship programme supporting young people with additional needs to gain skills and experience to go into employment.  It is a transition to work programme for people with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum conditions in their last year of education.  It takes the classroom into the premises of a local employer and teaches Interns employability skills on site in a real workplace environment.

Delivered by Robert Gordon University this programme is specifically designed to inspire young people to think about opportunities around running a business or becoming self-employed.  It will help them recognise the importance of designing their business around the needs of their customers.

Delivered by Station House Media Unit this is a pilot digital inclusion project focusing on connectivity, access and skills with a focus on developing the employability skills of young people in Aberdeenshire and assisting those with barriers to digital engagement. This could include digital connectivity, digital access and developing digital skills.

Funding is available for young people who are looking for sector specific training, training would be delivered by the relevant industry body.

Employed by Aberdeenshire Council, this role focuses on providing employability support to young people who are involved in the Justice System.  It will encourage young people to engage with employability services, identify areas of interest to the individuals and help them explore these and look for opportunities to further their interests.

Operated by Aberdeenshire Council, employers can claim up to 50% of wage costs (up to NMW) for hours per week for up to 12 months when they employ an eligible Young Person.

Young People who are engaging with Elevator/Business Gateway to develop and launch a business can apply to Aberdeenshire Council for a start up grant.

For further information on any of these programmes, contact the relevant organisation using the contact details provided on the Jobseeker Page or email Employment CONNECT on [email protected]

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