Skills Training Programme

Our Skills Training Programme is open to 16 to 19 year-old school leavers who need support to move into employment or training.

The programme consists of up to 26 weeks work experience 4 days a week in a work placement usually within council services, plus a day of self development and employability training. This gives young people the opportunity to gain the vocational and personal skills required to secure and sustain work. Young people learn new skills and gain the confidence necessary to progress on to further education, training or into work.

All trainees are paid a training allowance of £55 per week plus payment for a weekly bus ticket. There will be no allowance paid for sickness absence.

Placements are available in

  • Care/Child Care
  • Catering
  • Customer Service/Clerical
  • Practical placements with Operational Services

A Keyworker provides support to the trainee throughout their training.

There are 30 young people per year on the programme who are referred by Skills Development Scotland, More Choices More Chances Keyworkers, Youth Justice, Ability Centre and Youth Inclusion Project.

For further information about our Skills Training Programme, please contact Miriam Georgeson Skills Training Programme Officer on 01506 2810943 or email: Miriam.georgeson@westlothian.gov.uk