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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.

Third Sector Grant Funding

To support the delivery of the Young Person's Guarantee a number of partners including Local Authorities, Skills Development Scotland, Developing Young Workforce and Colleges have been given additional resources. The resources are specifically to deliver the employability opportunities and interventions, focused on 16-24 year olds in West Lothian.

West Lothian Council, in partnership with the Scottish Government, is providing an opportunity for third sector organisations in West Lothian to support the delivery of the Young Person's guarantee. Grant funding is being made available to enhance the current service offer for young people.

The funding available is £170,000 in 2021/22.

What are the priorities that we are looking to address?

West Lothian Council Services have experience of delivering a range of employability opportunities to young people, through a range of interventions. Services have established interventions and networks that are known to have an impact. Interventions include the Step2 n2 Work programme, HYPE, Skills Training programme, Key worker support and Youth Start Up Support.

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, particularly those that are struggling as a result of Covid-19. Provision must clearly complement existing provision or provide support where there is deemed to be non-available for a key client group (examples will include employability stage 1 provision linking directly with the  HYPE programme,  employability stage 3 provision linking directly with the Skills training programme or employability support for young people with ASD)

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 young people:

  • Unemployed (excluding those in full time education);
  • About to leave school without a positive destination;
  • School leavers without a positive destination;
  • In low paid employment;
  • At risk of redundancy;
  • At risk of losing an apprenticeship;
  • Leaving training, volunteering, college or university without a positive destination;
  • Low-skilled;
  • Without qualifications at SCQF 5 or above; or
  • Underemployed

The funding must complement and integrate with existing provision and must demonstrate how this will happen in the bid.

 How to apply

Completed applications and required documentation should be returned by email to Clare Stewart, Employability Manager Team at the following email address:

This should be no later than:

  • 12.00 (noon) on Wednesday 15th September

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