National youth information and citizenship charity
Young Scot Extra
“Thank goodness LawLine was there, I didn’t know who to ask, I didn’t know who to speak to. ”
Leaving school is a huge milestone in any young person’s life, but it can be particularly challenging for harder to reach young people. Areas like money management, getting a job, or moving out for the first time can be daunting but we’re on hand to help make the transition easier.
While Young Scot Extra is a universal service, it is primarily aimed at young people NEETS (Not in Education, Training or Employment) who need additional support and information on their future and next steps.
Employability and Enterprise
More than 50% of young people don’t go to university and of these, very few leave school with vocational qualifications. At present, youth unemployment levels are 18.8 per cent, more than double that of the average working age population. We believe it’s important that all young people in Scotland feel worthwhile and are provided with opportunities to develop and use the skills and abilities necessary to help them become employable.
With only 27.2 per cent of employers offering work experience many young people find themselves with very little or no exposure to the world of work other than what they receive in school. Through our information, outreach and rewards we are looking to address this and help them with the life skills they require to access training, employment or enterprise.
We have teamed up with Skills Development Scotland and have a dedicated staff member in post who works across our information outreach and card teams to provide information on training, employment and enterprise. It focuses on:
We understand the tone and topic needs to vary for different age groups and backgrounds. Considering this, we have created a bespoke Young Scot Extra landing page on our digital information platform for young people looking specific information on next steps. This includes inspiring career related content written in partnership with web service My World of Work.
Young people can also benefit from the Time to Shine Fund Nurturing Talent Fund in partnership with Creative Scotland. Young people aged 14-20 can apply for supporting and funding to develop their creative skills in areas including film, music, dance, visual arts etc.
We encourage and recognise individual learning through Young Scot Rewards. Young people have the opportunity to collect points for completing activities like uncovering their strengths or setting up an account with career web service My World of Work. We also source job shadowing opportunities to help inspire young people and to help them improve their skill set, CV, and learning out with school.
Examples of rewards claimed so far include: shadowing a lawyer, learning from a top chef, working with an archaeologist and becoming a backstage reporter at a high level event.
A recent Survation survey highlighted that young people are confused around money management and borrowing money – almost half of the 16 to 24-year-olds don’t know a high interest rate on a loan was worse than a lower one.
Young Scot Extra wants to create a nation of money-savvy young people who are financially independent.
Young Scot Extra Savings Account with Scotwest Credit Union. The first Scottish wide Credit Union service for young people is available to all Young Scot cardholders 16-25. The savings account helps young people get into the habit of saving and understand the long-term benefits to help improve their money management skills.
Young Scot LawLine. Set up in partnership with JC Hughes Solicitors, it provides free, confidential 24-hour legal advice service for young people across Scotland. From debt, welfare rights, employment, Children’s Panels, Mental Health Tribunals, a team of lawyers will advise on a wide range of legal problems young people may have.
Joseph Hughes of JC Hughes Solicitors discusses how LawLine is supporting young people with a wide range of legal enquiries, such as mental health, employment and debt.
As the Scottish partner, Young Scot runs the The Money for Life Challenge for young people to learn new skills and gain financial experience. A UK-wide competition, 16-24s who are in further education, training, youth work based learning programmes, can get up to £500 to run an innovative money management project which improves their financial capability skills. Last year the Challenge achieved outstanding results – 100% of Project Sponsors surveyed said the challenge improved their team’s confidence and 885% of the participants surveyed said the challenge improved their teamwork and project management skills.