Fit for work
We have a collective responsibility as a society to give them the opportunity to realise their full potential, but the rewards of getting these young people into work are well worth it.
Apprenticeship programmes have the potential to help address this problem and, at the same time, help businesses thrive, especially in the sectors where we are currently facing a skills shortage.
One key grouping, however, which is adversely affected by the economic recession and youth unemployment, are those young people with additional support needs and care experience.
A greater holistic approach combining financial resources as well as targeted support is vital in assisting those in these categories to re-engage with education and training, ensuring they are ready to take up employment as well as while they are in employment.
However, the rewards of getting these young people, many of whom boast excellent skills, into work are well worth it, with higher loyalty and retention rates.
We would urge Scotland’s businesses to look beyond the label and look at the skills and talents of these individuals, especially as we mark Scottish Apprenticeship Week.
The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition:
Spark of Genius
Who Cares? Scotland
Falkland House School