Young Enterprise Scotland by its name and the nature of its work with young people is enterprising and entrepreneurial in outlook. That is why with the help of one of Scotland's brightest young designers Siobhan Mackenzie we are producing our range of tartan clothing accesories. They will be woven by the world’s leading manufacturer of tartan
Lochcarron of Scotland who were founded in 1892 in the beautiful Scottish Borders.
We are seeking your support to help deliver our Pathway Programme - an inspiring, practical and skill-building project which moves the most disadvantaged and disengaged young people closer to work and helps them to reach their full potential.
The programme is an intensive employment and enterprise training course which involves a highly effective mixture of classroom learning, personal development, practical training and work experiences in a variety of business sectors. Participants learn to create CV’s, search for jobs and discover their personal strengths and skills. They also achieve the SQA-accredited Employability Award. This is complemented by specific and practical job-sector training in Horticulture, Landscaping, Construction, Hairdressing, Beauty, Events Management, Music and/or Retail. Participants can choose to focus on one business area or can gain a ‘taster’ across a variety of sectors.
The possibility of enterprise/self-employment is key to the programme, with participants working on real projects in their local community such as the Barrhead Waterworks Project (transforming a derelict waterworks site into a wildflower area for the whole community to enjoy) and working with local businesses and social enterprises
The programme works with young people from areas of Greater Glasgow which are in the bottom 15% of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation and who are most excluded from employment. These areas are amongst the most deprived communities in the whole of the UK and young people who live there experience very low educational attainment (more than 15% have no qualifications), high levels of unemployment (up to 30% in some areas), poverty, poor family relationships & a difficult or chaotic home life. This all leads to an endemic lack of confidence, self-esteem & aspiration for young people that is hard to overcome.
Many of our young people often face additional challenges which prevent them from achieving a positive outcome e.g. they are: refugees and don’t speak much English; young carers; living in or leaving care or have learning/behavioural difficulties. We have excellent links with a number of referral partners such as the Princes Trust, Who Cares Scotland, Radiant and Brighter, Skills Development Scotland, Cosgrove Care, Social Work Services, the Job Centre, local Secondary Schools, special needs schools and colleges who help us to identify young people who will benefit most from the programme.
By supporting our first Crowd Fund Project you will be safe in the knowldege that by supporting Young Enterprise Scotland you will be rewarded with a quality product and at the same time be helping us to make young people of Scotland more entrprising for their future work life.