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Young Person's Guarantee

West Lothian Council will be supporting the delivery of Young person's guarantee with partners by creating a range of opportunities for young people to realise their potential.

In September 2020 the Scottish Government, announced details of the Young Person's Guarantee.  The Guarantee aim to support 16-24 year old in Scotland to be either be in paid employment for a period of between 12 and 24 months, enrolled in education, actively involved on an apprenticeship or training programme, or engaged on a formal volunteering or supported activity programme within 2 years.

West Lothian Council, in partnership with the Scottish Government, is providing an opportunity for Voluntary and Third sector organisations in West Lothian to support the delivery of opportunities for Young People. Grant funding is being made available to meet the needs of young people and enhance the current service offer.

The funding available is £200,000 in 2022/23.

What are the priorities that we are looking to address?

The additional grant is open to all properly constituted third sector organisations in West Lothian that can enhance the current delivery of employability support and interventions to young people aged 16 - 24. Provision must clearly complement existing provision or provide support where there is deemed to be non-available for a key client group.

The funding is to be used to create opportunities to remove barriers experienced by young people, create opportunities within education, training or employment and support progression onto and into a positive destination. 

The provision is to focus on supporting the following groups of young people:

  • Unemployed (excluding those in full time education);
  • About to leave school without a positive destination;
  • School leavers without a positive destination;
  • Leaving training, volunteering or college without a positive destination;
  • Low-skilled;
  • Without qualifications at SCQF 5 or above;

Provision should be designed to meet current labour market needs in West Lothian and aligned to key employment sectors in West Lothian. Partnerships with local employers and links to labour market opportunities that will be provided as part of the provision should be clearly outlined in the bid.

Partners should focus on ensuring that delivery enhances the current delivery of employability support and interventions to young people aged 16 - 24 and does not duplicate current provision. Consideration needs to be given to how activity will align with current opportunities and how young people will be supported to engage with proposed provision.

How to apply

Completed applications and required documentation should be returned by email to Yvonne shaw, Employability Team Leader or june sloan, Team Leader at the following email addresses:  (opens new window) & (opens new window)

You can also contact the A2E Mail Box (opens new window) or call the freephone number 0800 032 9768. 

This should be no later than: 5pm on Monday 4 April  2022

YPG - Grant funding information 22/23 [24KB]

YPG - Application 22/23 [78KB]