The Scottish Government Youth Transitions to Employment Team was a partner in a 2-year (2013-15) European Commission Leonardo Programme project – “Way to Learn to Work” which completed in September 2015. The Leonardo Programme is now part of the new Erasmus Plus programme.
Funding provided by the European Union enabled partners to visit the organisations in the participating countries to look at how national and local government and delivery bodies were supporting disadvantaged young people to enter the labour market.
These visits have provided the team with insights into how other countries are tackling youth unemployment through the use of e-learning, co-ordinated funding approaches, social enterprise opportunities, peer mentoring, vocational learning and apprenticeships, learning tailored to specific sectors, support for vulnerable groups including young people with disabilities and engaging with employers.
From a Scottish perspective 2 key outcomes from the project were the development of a pilot in Grange Academy in East Ayrshire, based on a successful Belgian programme, which combines the school curriculum with workplace training; and the Scottish Government’s Activity Agreement programme being chosen as one of the top 5 approaches which project partners felt provided them with a successful, proven model which could be adapted for delivery in their own countries.
Further information on the project, its’ outputs and the Youth Transitions to Employment Team’s participation can be found at: http://www.employabilityinscotland.com/media/501331/eu_leonardo_programme_2013-2015_-_way_to_learn_to_work__project_-_scottish_government_participation.pdf