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South Ayrshire Council’s Employability and Skills team provide a range of flexible services to support people to make a sustained transition into the world of work.

The Employability and Skills Team offer the following programmes:-

Work Out!
The Work Out! programme provides supported vocational placements to young people in S4 – S6 in a range of occupational areas across the council, community planning partners and local businesses.

Young people are offered a one day a week work experience placement between September and Easter. As well as the work experience pupils take part in accredited learning and group-work/team building activities.

Activity Agreements
Activity Agreements provide flexible packages of learning and support targeted at young people aged 16-19 taking their first steps towards employment and training.

The programme engages young people on a range of activities such as confidence building, group work, vocational tasters and one to one support. Vocational tasters (normally 1 day per week) assist young people in developing their skills and considering occupational areas of interest.

Employability Fund
The Skills Development Scotland funded programme provides young people aged 16-19 with support to develop work readiness skills through the provision of employability training and work placements.

We offer 2 stages of the Employability Fund:

Stage 2 (Work Preparation Programme)
Is aimed at young people who require support in preparing for work. This programme, lasting up to 16 weeks, allows young people to spend 2-3 days per week in a work placement. The combination of in-house training and work experience should create a foundation upon which individuals can build their employability skills, personal development, and core skills.

Stage 3 (Demonstrating Work Readiness)
Again lasting up to 16 weeks, it is anticipated that participants will spend 4 days per week in a work placement. Young people working at this stage should be able to carry out instructions and will probably have had some experience in a working environment.

Supported Employment (ESF)
Supported Employment focuses on working towards an established and proven 5 stage model of personalised support for individuals with disabilities. The programme is aimed at individuals from the age of
18 – 30 years who reside in South Ayrshire.

Together the Officer and client will work on vocational profiling which identifies current skills, builds aspirations but also takes into consideration disability factors. A flexible support package will then be tailored to suit individuals needs which may include a variety of training and support including barrier removal, engaging activities, employability support, industry specific training or qualifications and work placements. When a client is approaching the stage they are ready to enter a work place or volunteering placement, their worker will approach local employers and market the client, they will also assist in making applications to live vacancies.

Where an employer is keen to engage, a worker will then spend time completing a job analysis where they will explore the culture of a workplace as well as analysing the tasks being asked of an employee. The officer will also consider work place adaptations and spend time supporting the employer prior to the individual commencing.

In work support is offered to assist individuals with the initial transition into employment, this includes accompanying a client on the first day to staying with them throughout the week to support them to learn tasks and integrate into the team. Support and training is also offered to employers and staff

Care Experience Guarantee (ESF)
The Employability & Skills Team are committed to offering a care experience guarantee of support to ensure all South Ayrshire care experienced young people aged from 16 – 25 are being offered the support to make the transition into paid employment.

The team work in partnership with Skills Development Scotland, Social Work, Champions Board, Ayrshire College and DWP to track and identify young people to ensure support is being offered and raise awareness of the service throughout South Ayrshire.

Adult Employability Programme (ESF)
The programme is aimed at individuals who are 20 years plus that reside in South Ayrshire and have faced barriers getting into employment.
The programme offers a variety of training and support which could include barrier removal, employability support, industry specific training or qualifications, work placements and job trials to assist individuals into sustained employment.
Participants on the programme are fully supported by a worker and after care support is provided to assist individuals to sustain employment.