Category Archives: Young People

Education Governance Review – Ask The DFM

small-john-swinney-ed-governanceAs you may be aware the Education Governance Review is currently underway. The Deputy First Minister is hosting a Q&A session live on Glow TV for teachers to discuss the Governance Review on Tuesday 17th November at 6pm.

The Scottish Government believe that decisions about children’s learning and schools should be taken within schools themselves supported by parents and communities. If schools are to have greater control over the decisions they take, there is a clear rational to change the allocation of resources to support this. The Scottish Government will introduce a new fair and transparent needs based funding formula to make sure that resources get to the areas that need it most.

The Scottish Government recognise that there may be some functions which are best delivered at a local, regional or national level rather than at school level and that teachers and practitioners require support to do their jobs well. They want to hear your views on how all levels of our education system can be improved to support the empowered, collaborative and flexible culture which we are seeking to develop. If you are unable to attend the live session and wish a question to be asked please send it to – governacereview@gov.scot

Register now to take part live – Education Governance Review – Ask The DFM

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Young People’s Social and Political Participation Across the EU

 LSE pilot study ends 3rd July
CATCH-EyoU (Constructing Active Citizenship with European Youth: Policies, Practices, Challenges and Solutions) is a research and innovation action funded by the European Commission
CATCH-EyoU is trying to find out about young people’s social and political participation across the EU and want to understand why and how some young people decide to participate (or to not participate) in their communities, in politics, and in social life. They are especially interested in European active citizenship and what this might mean to young people.
The project is currently carrying out a survey which seeks the views of young people, in two separate age groups: between 16-18, and between 19–25 on their experiences and perspectives as young European citizens. The pilot survey will be open until 3 July.
For young people between the ages of 16-18 the link to the survey is here.
For young people between the ages of 19-25 the link to the survey is here.
Any young person completing the whole survey will be eligible to win one of ten £20 Amazon voucher prizes. These will be randomly allocated at the beginning of July, and will be sent via email to the winning participant.
Find out more here.
Contact: Dr Sam Mejias at London School of Economic and Political Science, s.mejias@lse.ac.uk

EU Report: Youth work’s contribution to aid transition from education into employment

EU youth work and employabilityThe contribution of youth work to address the challenges young people are facing, in particular the transition from education to employment.

The Report presents results from the work of the expert group set up under the European Union Work Plan for Youth for 2014-2015.

The findings detail the role of youth work and its specific contribution to addressing the challenges young people face, in particular the transition from education to employment. The report seeks to make employers, Public Employment Services and policy-makers aware of the crucial role youth work can play – either as a lead agency or in partnership with others – in supporting the employment and employability of young people. In this context, youth work is defined as ‘actions directed towards young people regarding activities where they take part voluntarily, designed for supporting their personal and social development through non-formal and informal learning’.

SafeSpot

Small - SafeSpotMany children today will experience challenges and stressors. Within Scotland around 1 in 10 children aged 5-16 have mental health difficulties, and many of these young people are not able to access psychiatric services so suffer in silence or are seen by other clinicians or charity based services.

The SafeSpot mobile phone app and website (www.safespot.org.uk) will benefit children across Scotland, by helping them to learn how to cope and develop management strategies for times of difficulties. It will improve familial relationships, and enabling the child to live a much-improved quality of life. In addition improved mental health will improve attention, concentration and functioning at school empowering a child to fulfil their full potential.

Join us on Monday 9th May at 4pm to speak directly to those involved in creating this new app and website and find out how it can help your pupils.

Sign up now to take part live on the day – SafeSpot

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

EU report on youth work and its contributions to youth employment

EU youth work reportThis report details the contribution of youth work to address the challenges young people are facing, in particular the transition from education to employment.

The report seeks to make employers, Public Employment Services and policy-makers aware of the crucial role youth work can play – either as a lead agency or in partnership with others – in supporting the employment and employability of young people. In this context, youth work is defined as ‘actions directed towards young people regarding activities where they take part voluntarily, designed for supporting their personal and social development through non-formal and informal learning’.

The role of this report is to contribute to the understanding of the value youth work brings to the lives of young people with a particular emphasis on its contribution to employability. In doing so the expert group explores and demonstrates the principles and practice by which youth work enables young people to face many life challenges, in particular the often difficult transition from education and training to employment.

The Report presents results from the work of the expert group set up under the European Union Work Plan for Youth for 2014-2015.

A Conversation with the First Minister

Small - Conversation with FMYoung people from across Scotland are being invited to a conversation with First Minister of Scotland.

A live event will take place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on Monday 21st March at 11am, as part of the Scottish Government’s ongoing work to ensure that children and young people are at the heart of decisions which affect them and their education.

This event follows initial work undertaken last year that saw over 100 children and young people from across Scotland sharing their experiences of education and ideas for the future at a scoping event in Edinburgh and Summits held in Inverness and Oban.

Young people aged 16 and 17 attending this summit will hear a brief opening from the First Minister, before having the opportunity to put questions to Ms Sturgeon in an open question and answer session. You can join us live in Glow and ask your questions via Twitter on #askTheFM.

Sign up now join us live in Glow TV – A Conversation with the First Minister.

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Civil Service Fast Track Scheme to Modern Apprenticeships

The Civil Service is currently recruiting for a wide FT Apprenticeshipsrange of roles on a Modern Apprenticeship scheme known as Civil Service Fast Track. Open to those aged 16+ and with 5 GCSEs or equivalent qualifications, the Civil Service are offering a two year apprenticeship, salaries range from £19,500 to £27,000 with roles across available the UK. On successful completion of the apprenticeship you will be able to continue your career in the Civil Service.  There is also the opportunity to apply for the renowned Civil Service Fast Stream without the need for a degree.  Applications are now open until 4th April and can be found on gov.uk/civil-service-apprenticeships

Download the Flyer and Brochure on this scheme here:

Flyer for Scotland – Final

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Funding to help young Scots get into work

Young people are set to benefit from an additional £6.1 million to help them get into work, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today.

The money will boost the job prospects of those aged between 16 – 29 years old who face the biggest barriers to employment, including people with disabilities and those who have left the military early.

The First Minister outlined the new funding during her keynote speech at the annual Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) Gathering event to celebrate the huge impact the voluntary sector has on Scotland’s communities.

The multi-million pound investment will support up to a further 700 job training opportunities as part of the next phase of the Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) programme, which is delivered in partnership with SCVO. It offers unemployed vulnerable people, aged 16 to 29, 12-18 month training posts and has helped the Third Sector by providing financial support to host employers to deliver vital local services. Employers will also be supported by the Scottish Government to pay CJS employees the Living Wage.

This most recent funding brings the total Scottish Government investment into Community Jobs Scotland to more than £45 million since it launched in 2011. To date, more than 6,500 job training opportunities have been created for young people across all 32 local authorities.

The First Minister said:

“Our voluntary workers play a crucial role in making Scotland a prosperous and equal society. They are essential to our efforts to build a fairer and wealthier country and are vital in encouraging participation – ensuring people have a real say in the issues which directly affect them.

“Today’s funding of £6.1 million will provide 700 training opportunities for young people. It is so important that most of the places will be filled by people who currently find it harder to get jobs – carers, people leaving care, people with disabilities, and people leaving military service – and is a further example of the role the third sector can play in promoting opportunities and tackling inequality.

“Community Jobs Scotland has been an overwhelming success, with almost 70% of young people involved in the programme going onto a job or further education. That is especially impressive when you consider that many of the places are reserved for groups who sometimes face particular difficulty in entering the workplace.

“We want to respect people’s dignity, value their potential and encourage their ambitions because doing that, and providing the practical support which helps people to fulfil their potential, is the best way of achieving a fairer and more prosperous Scotland.”

Martin Sime, Chief Executive, SCVO said:        “This is fantastic news for the young unemployed people who’ll get the chance of a job with a voluntary organisation making a difference in their community.

“Community Jobs Scotland really has the edge on other employment programmes because it’s giving a leg up to young unemployed people who are furthest from the labour market to grow their confidence and skills in a real workplace. That is why most graduates from the programme get a permanent job.”

LGBT+ A-Z : N for Non-binary

Small - Non BinaryThis Glow TV session on Tuesday 23rd February at 3.30pm aims to raise awareness and understanding of non-binary identities including an introduction to some of the language and terms related to this area. The event seeks to help prompt thinking about how we can make educational spaces more welcoming and inclusive for those who may identify outside of the expected gender binary of ‘man’ or ‘woman’ and will provide time for a Q and A around this increasingly relevant topic.

Aim of the session: · raise awareness and understanding of non-binary identities and the relevancy of these in educational settings

Target audience: Curriculum and Service/Support staff Facilitators.

The session will be co-facilitated by Sara Turkington, Equality and Inclusion Officer at Ayrshire College and Vic Valentine, Policy Officer at Scottish Transgender Alliance (STA).

Sign up and join us live in Glow TV – LGBT+ A-Z : N for Non-binary

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Are you ready for the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014?

CYCJ_logoThe Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice could help 

The Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ) supports improvement for young people who offend, contributing to better lives for individuals and communities by…

Providing advice and support

Their multidisciplinary team provide support to those who need it, from advising on individual cases to service and organisational level development. 

Events and training

Events and training opportunities are a regular ‘free of charge’ fixture of the CYCJ calendar, and include topics like the Children and Young Person (Scotland) Act 2014 and how it will impact on you and your organisation. This includes the role of the Named Person, Child’s Plan and links to local services like EEI (Early and Effective Intervention).

IVY (Interventions for Vulnerable Youth)

The ground-breaking Interventions for Vulnerable Youth Project (IVY) is funded by the Scottish Government to meet the needs of high risk young people Find out more at www.cycj.org.uk/ivy

A guide to Youth Justice in Scotland: policy, practice and legislation

CYCJ produces guidance to youth justice in Scotland, incorporating the latest legislation and policy changes. Download the current sections at www.cycj.org.uk/youthpracticeguide.

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