The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition is committed to increasing the training and employment opportunities available to young people with additional support needs (ASN) and care experience. Through developing the talents of all Scotland’s young people this assists in creating a more equal society and supports the delivery of sustainable economic growth.
We commend the Scottish Government for its continuing work to create sustainable employment opportunities for young people. This includes a Youth Guarantee to give young people the chance to succeed despite the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).
However, we remain concerned by the barriers facing many of those with ASN and care experience looking to enter training and employment.
This group of young people represent some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised members of our society. With lower levels of educational attainment than those not in this group, this impacts on training and employment opportunities.
By supporting these young people into training and employment not only does this benefit them, but employers gain their skills and commitment, with a positive impact on society and the economy.
We are committed to ensuring that young people with ASN and care experience have equal access to a wide range of meaningful training and employment opportunities, tailored to their individual needs. To achieve this we are seeking to ensure that they receive the guidance and support needed to allow them to transition smoothly into training and employment.
There must also be greater assistance and encouragement, including specialist support, for employers who want to employ these young people, while also promoting the workplace benefits of doing this. To this end we successfully campaigned to expand Scotland’s Employer Recruitment Incentive, providing financial support to employers who recruit young people with disabilities and care experience into sustainable employment.
Other measures we are campaigning for include: