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Positive Futures

Our Positive Futures Programme offers young people 16+ employability support and training through a Stage 1-3 pipeline service. Young people are fully supported through these stages by one of our Thriving Communities Officers who will be with them throughout their journey. Young people may be eligible for EMA (dependant on household income) or a training allowance dependant on their stage on the programme.

Stage 1 - The programme will give trainees the opportunity to develop basic employability skills and build on their confidence through group activities. Trainees will complete a Dynamic Youth Award (SCQF level 3).

A Dynamic Youth Award is a peer assessed award which gives the young person the opportunity to gain accreditation for the activities they have taken part in. This increases their self-esteem and keeps young people engaged in learning when they receive recognition for the achievements.

Trainees will be allocated a Thriving Communities Officer who will support the young person's personalised action plan through one-to-one appointments and group work. Officers will assist trainees to overcome barriers they may face to training and employment such as communication, confidence and limited work experience.

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.

Trainees will be in placement two days per week*, engage in group work and complete an Employability Award (SCQF Level 3)

Trainees will be allocated a Thriving Communities Officer who will support the young person's action plan through one-to-one appointments, group work and work placement. Officers will assist trainees to overcome barriers they face to training and employment such as communication, confidence and limited work experience.

Trainees will be given the opportunity to gain work experience in their chosen vocational interest. Work experience placements will be sourced by our Thriving Communities Officers once discussion regarding placement opportunities has taken place.

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.

Trainees will be in placement three to four days per week* and complete the Certificate of Work Readiness Award (SCQF 4).

The Certificate of Work Readiness Award prepares people for work through employability training and a work placement. The award allows them to develop skills and attitudes which apply across all occupational areas.

Trainees will continue to be supported by a Thriving Communities Officer who will support the young person's personalised action plan through one-to-one appointments, group work and work placement. Interview preparation will be offered to assist trainees at interviews.

Outcomes

Trainees will be supported to progress into employment or further education. They could be supported to apply for Modern Apprenticeship opportunities offered by South Ayrshire Council and other training providers. Our Thriving Communities Officers have strong links with a variety of local and national employers and will seek to secure job / M.A progression opportunities with these employers. Along with our current list of employers, staff will continue to contact new employers who may have additional opportunities.

For more information contact:

Tel: 01292 612301
Email: thrivingcommunitiesadmin@south-ayrshire.gov.uk
The Wallace Tower

172-176 High Street
Ayr
KA7 1PZ