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Joint Employability Programme


Key activities

Benefits and impacts


The Joint Employability Programme seeks to strategically improve employability related outcomes for young people from low income households, or at risk of poverty, across Renfrewshire. Working collaboratively with a wide range of partners this is a true partnership model, engaging both community planning partners and external providers, aspiring to provide breadth and flexibility to tackle the barriers to employability.

Theme: Employability

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A range of opportunities across S1-S6 have been identified which will deliver a comprehensive range of both universal and targeted interventions to address the key needs of our young people.  Overall, the programme consists of 14 projects grouped across three main areas;


  • Broad General Education
  • S1-S6
  • Senior Phase


Making sure that looked after children and young people with additional support needs leave school with better prospects of positive destinations

  • Work Experience and Volunteering Opportunities: young people aged 16+ with disabilities and additional support needs who will be leaving school in summer and winter 2016 will be provided with tailored volunteering and work experience opportunities with local third sector organisations
  • Work Experience for Looked After Children: this is a tailored opportunity for young people to take part in an extended work experience with Kibble


Providing all pupils leaving school with appropriate career management skills (writing CVs, application forms, preparing for an interview, etc)

  • Business Ambassador Programme: young people engage with a business person to understand what employers look for, how to write a successful CV or application form, take part in mock interviews and a workplace visit
  • Business Partner Work Experience/Training Model Project: this is a pilot project which will offer 12 senior pupils an opportunity to take part in flexible work experience during one afternoon a week and a chance to apply for a training course with GTG training in Glasgow


Giving young people from low income families additional and targeted support which will help them access employment

  • Pupils Exhibiting Potential: this project is providing opportunities to pupils from secondary schools who, despite being academically capable, are not fulfilling their potential. This project will give them a sense of attending university through taking part in taster sessions and motivate them to continue with their study


Raise awareness of vocational pathways available to senior pupils and volunteering opportunities

  • Developing a Positive Mindset: this is an early intervention model which provides support to young people who struggle with confidence, goal setting, self esteem and interview skills


Achieve a more representative spread of young people moving into further and higher education

  • Step Up: a 12 week course designed and taught by the University of the West of Scotland which will introduce young people to the variety of learning styles in university setting


Engaging with our hardest to reach families to interact with schools and support their children's achievement and aspirations

  • Parents in Partnership: a project designed specifically to support both parents and children with the transition from primary school to high school through encouraging parents to be more involved in school life and their children's learning


For a copy of the council's Joint Employability Strategy & Action Plan which details each of the projects, please request through the contact details found below.

  • Increased leaver destinations for young people in targeted groups SIMD 1 & 2, looked after children and young people with additional support needs.
  • All pupils leaving school will have the appropriate career management skills
  • Young people from low income families will receive additional targeted employability resource.
  • Increased awareness of senior phase vocational pathways in S1 and S3 and increased access to these pathways in S4-S6
  • A more representative spread of young people moving into further and higher education
  • Engagement with our hardest to reach families

The project is still in delivery. Our learning will be updated once the project is completed.

Contact details:

To find out more about this case study, please contact:


Wilma Leburn

Development Officer (Employability)

Renfrewshire Council

0141 618 3553

Case study added to site: June 2016

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