Venture Trust Backs Young Person's Guarantee
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.