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Support for Young People

Young Person's Guarantee was launched in November 2020. It aims to give all young people, aged 16-24 in Scotland, the chance to succeed through the opportunity of a job, apprenticeship, education, training or volunteering.

Positive Futures

Our Positive Futures Programme offers young people 16+ employability support and training through a staged 1 - 3 pipeline support.   

Young people are fully supported through these stages by one of our Thriving Communities Officers who will be with them throughout their journey and support them to create a personalised action plan to achieve their employment goals. 

Young people may be eligible for EMA (this is based on household income) or a training allowance dependant on their stage on the programme.

Stage 1 - The programme will give young people the opportunity to develop basic employability skills and build on their confidence through group activities, one to one support and accredited learning.

Stage 2 - The programme will give trainees the opportunity to develop their work experience and continue to support them to grow in confidence with a work placement, group work and accredited learning.

Stage 3 - The programme will give trainees the opportunity to develop their employability skills further and complete a work placement suitable to their vocational interest along with accredited learning.

Stage 4 - At this stage on the programme young people, who are job ready, are supported to secure employment. We have a dedicated employer engagement team who work closely with local employers to support them to fill vacancies utilising the skills and experience of young people who are registered on our Positive Futures programme.

Stage 5 - Young people who have progressed into employment are supported through our aftercare support.  We contact young people regularly throughout their first year in employment and provide support and guidance to help young people sustain.


Trainees will be supported to progress into employment or further education. South Ayrshire Council also offer a variety of Modern & Craft Apprenticeship opportunities which we support young people into through our pre-apprenticeship support which is embedded into our Positive Future programmes.   


When young people progress to employment or further education, Thriving Communities Officers continue to provide support for up to 12 months to help young people to sustain their destination.   

For more information:

Tel: 01292 612301
The Wallace Tower
172-176 High Street