Tag Archives: Employability


outward boundLooking to go to college, university, get an apprenticeship or perhaps start your own business?

To celebrate our 75th anniversary, The Outward Bound Trust has made a limited number of scholarships available to any young person that would like to take part in The Outward Bound Skills for Life Award in summer 2016 and 2017.

Toutward bound logohe Skills for Life Award is an exciting 19 day adventure which takes place during the summer months at one of our residential centres of your choice. The Award has been designed for 15-19 year olds to help build the skills and confidence needed to complete your CV, personal statement, UCAS or job application and stand out from the crowd.

Participants from all over the world travel to us to take part in this unique experience each year – building lifelong international friendship groups.


CALL 01931 740000 (OPTION 2)


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.

Creativity and Employability Infographic

creativityEducation Scotland and Creative Scotland have developed a range of infographics exploring the four creativity skills and you might be interested to see how creativity skills and creative learning are front and centre in developing our young workforce – whether for jobs in the growth creative industries or becoming a ‘go getter’ in any place of work.

You can access and download the infographic here.

Find more inspiration  around  creativity and employability in the Creativity Portal.

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.”

Women in Engineering event: 10 March @ City of Glasgow College

Senior2 PWP_0752This one day event is aimed at ge S2 – S6 girls interested in a STEM career and combines presentations from inspirational female engineers with practical sessions in the Colleges new state-of-the-art engineering campus. Participants will be able to:

  • Practice electronics on our award winning city bytes circuit boards
  • Experience Mechanical and Electrical Engineering training
  • Visit our industry standard Nautical Ship Simulator and Ships Control and Engine Room
  • Speak to professionals and current students about becoming a female engineer.

The event is free to attend and is being held on the 10th March 2016 at City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus, 21 Thistle Street, G5 9XB.

To sign up for this event simply visit http://womenintoengineering.eventbrite.co.uk or email linda.muir@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk

Webinar: Career Education 3 – 18; Thursday, 3 Dec @ 4pm

RoadmapRegister:  When is it?   Thursday, 3 December, 4 – 5 pm

Where?  Live on Glow TV (Glow login required).   Register here

Who is this for?  Head teachers, teachers,  employers, parents/carers and anyone one else interested/ involved  in the development of career education from 3 -18.


Mairi Thomson, Development Officer, Skills 3 – 18 Team);                Ken Edwards, Education Programme Lead, Skills Development Scotland;                                                                                                                                      James Cook, Depute head teacher, Crown Primary School, Highland Council;

About the Glow Meet:

This interactive session will share some news around career education in Scotland.

Information about the career education standard will be shared along with some ‎tools to help you and your colleagues explore the standard. Skills Development Scotland will share the work underway to support learners, teachers and parents/carers.

You will be given insight into a successful Career Management Skills project run in Lochardil Primary School, Highlands. The presentation by James Cook comes with a set of materials that describes the aims of the project, provides a 14 week programme outline and evaluative comments. It is worth hearing about!

There will be time for you to ask questions about the presentations as well as the wider Developing the Young Workforce agenda.

Hope you can tune in and join us.