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Employability Fund - West Lothian

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a contract funded by Skills Development Scotland to deliver Stage 2 of the Employability Fund in West Lothian. The Employability Fund supports young people (aged 16-24) to gain work experience to improve their chances of moving into a job, further training or college.

Who’s it for?

Skills Development Scotland are funding places on our Inspiring Young Futures programme for referrals in West Lothian which is designed for young people aged 16-21 (with a small number of care-experienced young people up to 25), facing one or more of the following issues:

- Care-experienced background

- Involvement in offending / anti-social behaviour

- History of substance misuse

- Homelessness

- Low academic achievement

- Fragmented family relationships

- Early stage social work involvement

The programme includes community-based support: participants benefit from a dedicated one-to-one worker before and after embarking on an 8-day wilderness journey in Scotland. Ongoing support enables participants to consolidate their new skills, boost confidence, motivation and aspirations, and reach out to other local opportunities such as education, employment and training. Clients will receive a £55 training allowance for taking part in the course, if a client is on a DWP Benefit they will be supported to find the best solution so they aren’t negatively disadvantaged.

For more information, to make a referral or to apply please contact our Edinburgh Hub Co-ordinator Mary Taylor: employabilityfund@venturetrust.org.uk

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