The Young Person Guarantee has set out an ambitious plan to support all Scotland’s young people to have a bright and prosperous future. It is underpinned by the belief that young people are an asset to the communities in which they live and to potential employers. The Guarantee committed that within the next two years every 16-24 year old in Scotland will either be in paid employment for a period of between 12 and 24 months, enrolled in education, actively involved on an apprenticeship or training programme, or engaged on a formal volunteering or supported activity programme.
CEO of Venture Trust, Amelia Morgan, says:
“The impact of Covid-19 is being felt heavily by young people in Scotland, especially on their future employment prospects. For those young people who were furthest away from the job market before the coronavirus crisis, inequalities are likely to get worse before they get better.”
The Young Person's Guarantee is centred around ensuring young people having access to the right opportunities at the right time. Many of the young people working with Venture Trust are confronted with barriers to getting into work, training or study. These include poverty, problem substance use, poor family relationships, mental health issues, learning and housing issues. They need specialised and sustained support to access employment and other opportunities. This group of vulnerable young people should not be forgotten and at Venture Trust we are committed to ensuring they are not left behind.
We will do this through our personal development and wellbeing support, working with young people with complex life circumstances to feel well and ready to take up employment or other opportunities locally. This development and learning will go hand in hand with our employability support that helps young people build motivation and confidence, develop their CV, interview and communication skills and shows them how to find job opportunities.
To deliver the Guarantee we need a concerted effort and Venture Trust are committed to playing our part along with the private, public, third and education sectors to create opportunities for our young people.
We are proud to publish our 2019-20 Impact Report – our first ever Impact Report. The launch comes at a challenging time when the people we’re here to help are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The report shows how our work delivers results for people. This will be all the more needed as Scotland moves forward in recovery.
Here are some of the highlights:We supported:
Of the people we worked with:
159 people into employment, training, education or volunteering
82% of participants improved employability
72% of participants improved resilience and confidence
74% of participants reduced their risk of offending
We have services for employability, community justice and mental wellbeing and we have clear results for all of them.
You can find the full impact report here: Venture Trust Impact Report 2019-20
We know that over the next year demand on support services is going to be unprecedented. We can help. We’ll continue to get results. But we cannot do this on our own. Your support has and will continue to make it possible for us to reach people in need and help them to create a more positive future for themselves, their families and communities.
Our Head of Programme Performance and Impact Andrew Russell says:
"I'm very excited to launch our first Impact Report. In a tough year, it's been good to celebrate the positive changes individuals have achieved with our support. The results in the report highlight how the people we work with have developed the life skills, stability and confidence needed to reach their potential.”Please have a look at our report – it’s short and it’s got nice photos! – and get in touch if you think we can work together as Scotland recovers.