first organisations sign up
The first organisations to back the £60 million Young Person’s Guarantee have been announced by Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop.
In a collective effort to help young people, the Scottish Government has been joined by SSE, Capgemini, NHS Lothian, Scottish Water and Standard Life Aberdeen in the commitment to ensure everyone aged between 16 and 24 has the opportunity of work, education or training.
The Guarantee aims to give all young people in Scotland the chance to succeed despite the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Organisations backing the Guarantee make five pledges to help young people at this critical time:
Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:
“The pandemic is having a disproportionate economic effect on our young people, reducing job opportunities just as they are starting out on their careers. I am delighted to be launching the Young Person’s Guarantee today to help ensure their prospects are not permanently damaged.
I want to thank the early trailblazers who have backed our ambitious initiative and recognise the importance of supporting our young people.
The leadership of employers from across Scotland and from all sectors will be key in providing the opportunities that will make this Guarantee a success. This employer leadership will build on our strong track record of tackling youth unemployment through our industry led Youth Employment Strategy – Developing the Young Workforce.
We are encouraging employers to come forward and join what is a crucial intervention to ensure that we capture the potential of our young people and prevent coronavirus (COVID-19) leaving a lasting impact on the employment opportunities of our future workforce.
I want Scotland’s young people to know we are right behind you, we want you to be successful and we will do everything we can to give you the opportunities you need.”
Sandy Begbie, who led the Edinburgh Guarantee, said:
“In the spring, I was delighted to be asked to develop a strategy to establish a Young Person Guarantee for all 16 to 24-year-olds in Scotland. The ambition is clear; I want every one person who is unemployed to be given an opportunity for a job, apprenticeship, education, training or volunteering. I strongly believe we must act now and decisively, our young people are an asset and a credit to Scotland.”
Further information on the Young Person’s Guarantee is available on the www.youngpersonsguarantee.scot website.
The Young Person’s Guarantee was one of the main recommendations of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery.
The £60 million Young Person’s Guarantee is part of a total of £100 million for employment support and training announced by the Scottish Government to tackle employment challenges. £10 million of this will be used to support a range of measures to recruit and retain apprentices.
The 21 Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Regional Groups are preparing to launch an equalities focused social media campaign and week of events across Scotland during the week beginning Monday 16th November 2020. The campaign - aimed at employers, parents and young people - aims to demonstrate the range of support available for young job seekers and employers.
Throughout the week, we will be using #ajobforeverybody to share stories and experiences which promote, illustrate and celebrate diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The campaign activities also aim to raise employer awareness of the many support organisations in their region who are able to provide advice and support in relation to recruitment.
The week will also see a series of events arranged by DYW Dumfries & Galloway, including a Live Event ‘Strengthening Diversity through Inclusion’, as well as several webisodes from the DWP featuring Disability Confident and the return of 'Play Your Cards Right!' with Sue Livermore, (from Dumfries & Galloway College) which was extremely well received last year.
This year we are also introducing a new feature as part of the week - #myskillsmakeme.
Similar to our annual #NoWrongPath campaign, we have produced a simple visual template that people from all backgrounds will be able to download and use to highlight their skills and to think aspirationally about their career pathways.
This element is open to all ages, so that adults can also act as role models to the next generation. We are also encouraging schools in our area to get involved, with the hope of including pupils in the highlights.
By looking beyond barriers, we want to show young people and individuals the importance of working on skills and attitude; we also want employers to see the emerging talent of our young people based on the skills they are developing.
Option 1 - download the relevant template and post this on social media w/c 16th November using #ajobforeverybody and #myskillsmakeme. Please tag us so we can share your post.
Option 2 - email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit a case study with your #ajobforeverybody and #myskillsmakeme story.