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Breaking the cycle of disadvantage for young Scottish people

25 August 2017 

Scottish charity Venture Trust is launching an innovative employability programme to help Scottish youth experiencing challenging life circumstances turn their life around.
Many young people in Scotland still face barriers to gaining employment. These include drug and alcohol addiction, a criminal record, homelessness and other issues.

The CashBack Change Cycle programme will give more than 200 vulnerable young people aged 16 to 24 from areas of deprivation across Scotland the tools to move into education, training, volunteering, work experience or employment.

Champion mountain biker and adventure cyclist Lee Craigie along with Venture Trust chief executive Amelia Morgan will launch the latest Venture Trust programme on Tuesday August 22 at the Hermitage of Braid Visitor Centre.

Venture Trust's CEO Amelia Morgan said:
"We are delighted to be launching this programme, partnering with The Bike Station, which will support young people to develop the skills, confidence and resilience to be ready to enter education, training or employment.  Enabling young people to get a job and keep a job is a key priority for us to break a cycle of disadvantage and we are grateful to have the support of CashBack for Communities."

The three-week programme is designed to build aspiration, motivation and self-confidence, a range of vocational and employability skills, and support onward progression into education, training, volunteering, or employment and thus increasing stability in participants' lives.
The elements of the course include employability sessions, bike construction and maintenance including workshop experience with The Bike Station and a short wilderness residential that has work-related tasks and biking.

Participants will gain valuable qualifications, greater knowledge of the labour market, job search and interview techniques and a CV listing new skills, experiences and certification. Post course support will include one-to-one mentoring and coaching and development of a personalised action plan.

Source - Venture Trust Website

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