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Action for Children

Title of Project – CashBack Positive Choices Plus

Theme – Journey to Employment

Target Group – Young people disadvantaged by:-

  • Living in areas of deprivation; and
  • Being unemployed, not in education or training; and
  • Being excluded, or at risk of exclusion from school; and
  • Being at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending/re-offending

Age range : 14 to 24 years

Number of Young People project expects to work with : 225

Summary of Project

Provide intensive 1:1 mentoring and group work to those young people furthest from the work force and provide follow up support to sustain positive destinations. The project model offers an average 9 months of needs-led/personalised support, with flexibility for longer term journeys if required. It will consist of 4 week pre-course one to one support to prepare the young person to take part. The main activity will be an 8 week course which involves:-

  • Practical activities/task-based sessions
  • Peer-to-peer inputs/Young Ambassadors’ “lived experiences”
  • Themed sessions/guest speakers, developing life skills e.g. relationships/alcohol/managing money
  • Self-evaluation/resilience-focused work
  • Employer/workplace and college visits
  • Developing soft/core skill and capabilities/competence for world of work
  • Provide in house accreditation – Workplace Core Skills (SCQF Levels 3-6): Communication/Numeracy/Literacy/ICT/Problem Solving/Working with Others. SQA Awards: Wellbeing Award/Introduction
  • to Workplace Skills/Employability Award/Steps-to-Work

The 8 week course will be followed by 26 weeks of progression support:-

  • Review/re-assessment, next-steps planning and help sourcing/exploring options
  • Continued goal-setting/tasks, with weekly follow-up and monthly reviews
  • Resilience-focused work e.g. coping skills/managing set-backs,
  • Themed group sessions involving providers/employers e.g. jobsearch skills/CVs
  • Access to work experience and tasters/placements, embedding learning/skills
  • Sustainability/retention support e.g. workplace/provision visits, on-the-job training/coaching, mediation/crisis support

Areas where the project will be delivered

Action for Children will target young people from areas of deprivation with the top 15-20% SIMD and communities identified by Skills Development Scotland as having a prevalence of school leavers becoming “unemployed and seeking”. They will deliver to young people from the following local authority areas:-

Glasgow: Parkhead/Barrowfield, Nitshill, Cranhill/Queenslie South, Shettleston, Braidfauld, Pollok, Barlanark/Easterhouse, Craigend/Ruchazie, Castlemilk, Drumchapel, Dalmarnock, Govanhill, Royston, Ruchill, Possilpark
Edinburgh: Granton/Wardieburn, Craigmillar, Ferrylee (Newhaven), Restalrig (Craigentinny), Niddrie, Wester Hailes, Muirhouse, Calder/Sighthill, Broomhouse, Pilton
North Lanarkshire: Airdrie North, Cumbernauld Central, Craigneuk Wishaw, Petersburn, Orbiston, Caldercruix and Plains, Harthill and Salsburgh, Kirkwood and Bargeddie, Thrashbush, Coatdyke/Whinhall
South Lanarkshire: Whitelawburn North, Rutherglen West, Hillhouse East, Whitlawburn, Springhall West, Carluke East, Westburn and Newton, Burnbank North, Whitehill, Strutherhill, Blantyre South and Wheatlands, Halfway Hallside and Drumsagard
West Dunbartonshire: Haldane/Balloch North, Jamestown,
Kilbowie, Dalmuir, Dumbarton West, Whitecrook, Hardgate,