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Scotland / About 70% of young people involved in a programme have moved into jobs or further education

About 70% of young people involved in an employment skills programme have moved into jobs or further education, according to the Scottish government.

The Activity Agreement scheme sees vulnerable 16 to 19-year-olds sign up to activities and qualifications that could improve their job prospects.

More than 2,600 young people from across all 32 council areas took part in the scheme in 2012-13.

The youth employment minister said it had the potential to transform lives.

Angela Constance said: “Not only am I very pleased that all councils now offer activity agreements, but the rate of young people moving onto fresh, positive opportunities clearly shows that they are working.

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via BBC News – Scottish government youth skills scheme ‘leads to jobs’.

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Activity Agreements Pilots

Activity Agreements improve the support and recognition of young people learning in a community learning and development or a third sector setting.

There are two priority groups for Activity Agreements:

Young people identified as being vulnerable to disengagement prior to leaving compulsory education;

Young people who initially move into a positive post-school destination but who do not sustain it.

The common factor in eligibility is that the young person could not engage and sustain a place in learning provision without personalised key worker supports provided by a range of agencies across the broad community planning spectrum.

Ten local authority partnerships are currently piloting Activity Agreements around four priority areas:

the trusted professional workforce (those who offer intensive advice and guidance to vulnerable young people)

assessment processes (so that information about young people’s needs and interests is appropriately captured and shared)

local provision (so that young people can be appropriately referred into existing, or new opportunities that are commissioned in response to their needs)

Education Maintenance Allowance (so that young people receive an appropriate financial incentive to participate).

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