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Young Persons Guarantee

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What is it?

The council is working closely with a wide range of local partners to help deliver a comprehensive programme of employability support for all 16-24 year olds. 

This programme is part of the Scottish Government's newly launched Young Person's Guarantee initiative which provides all of Scotland's young people, who are not in employment, training or education the opportunity of:

  • a job
  • a placement
  • training
  • volunteering.

It can help you move towards a job and into the world of work - all based on your own interests, goals and ambitions. 

Start your Journey

There are no set routes or specified time frames for you to start your journey.

The programme will support you to help you choose the options that best suit your own needs and your ideas about your own future.

There are many routes open to you - for example you could:

  • undertake an apprenticeship
  • carry out work experience
  • take part in a volunteering programme
  • secure a job
  • undertake some training
  • go to college or university.

What's best for you?

If you have no idea what's best for you - don't worry! 

We are working with lots of organisations across the city who can help you decide what you would like to do - based on your own interests. Whatever path you choose to follow - the programme will connect you to the right sources of information and opportunities to help your future.

Next Steps

Your first point of contact should be your Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Advisor or your Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) Work Coach who will support you to identify and access the best programme for you.

If you are not currently working with SDS or DWP, you can contact Jobs and Business Glasgow (JBG) or Freephone 0300 123 2898 who will help you link with the best option for you.

We will be developing this programme alongside the City's Employability Support Services over the next few months - so please check back regularly for the latest news and updates on developments, so that you don't miss out on any opportunities open to you.

Remember that there is support out there to help you take your first steps towards the world of work. You may feel unsure and confused about the journey ahead but don't worry - we will work together with you to help you move in the right direction at the right time.

Useful information to help you decide "What to do Next"

You will find below a list of websites that contain lots of information - they are really useful and can help you decide and choose what you would like to do next.

You may be familiar with some of them and have visited them before. However, we would recommend that you have another look as you may have previously missed something of interest or there are new options available for you to consider since you last visited.

  • Glasgow Guarantee - Offers you:
    • Instant access to a large number of permanent Glasgow vacancies and Modern Apprenticeship opportunities when you sign up whilst still at school or college.
    • Full support and assistance from your local Employability Provider, if you've been out of work for a while - to help you get ready for your new role.
    • Becoming a valued member of a team - job vacancies are for a minimum of 18 months and you get access to the same terms and conditions as other employees.
    • Earning whilst learning - get paid the Glasgow Living wage (or a percentage of if under 21yrs old).
    • Access to your own dedicated online account to view and apply for vacancies once registered. Registration includes an eligibility check process. Applications can only be submitted once all checks are complete and verified by Glasgow Guarantee.
  • Skills Development Scotland - Can help and support you in applying for jobs, completing application forms and writing your CV.  It's important to think about what type of job you would be most happy doing. 

    If you're not sure, there are 'tools' which will provide suggestions of the type of careers and jobs best suited to your personality, skills, interests, education and experience. It will then point you to information on how you can work towards your ambition, and if you're still unsure, you can ask for 'one to one' advice from a careers advisor at My World of Work.
    • Job Vacancies - My World of Work also provides information around job vacancies.
    • Modern Apprenticeships - to learn more about what they are, the different types, and opportunities in your area click here.
  • Volunteering (GCVS) - If you think you're not quite ready for work, or not sure what type of work you'd like, why don't you try volunteering? You will be supported throughout your time working as a volunteer. You will then be supported onto the next stage of your career journey, which could be a job.

Why not have a look at the volunteering opportunities available at Volunteering Glasgow.  If you want to find out more information please Email or if you'd rather talk to someone then please Phone 0141 226 3431.

  • Glasgow Helps - is a directory of community-based support organisations, and activities. The website can help you to find key information for your area. You can also get help by text on 07451289255 or by Email

  • Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) -  have advisors in all Glasgow Secondary Schools. They work with you to help identify and progress your career goals and offer work experience in your chosen area with local organisations and businesses.

    They also have an online Skills Academy which provides key information sessions to help you learn background information and more on the skills needed for your chosen area - to help you prepare and get ready.

  • Kickstart Programme - is for young people aged between 16 and 24, who are claiming Universal Credit and may be at risk of long-term unemployment. If this is you, you can get the opportunity of a new, high quality job - working 25 hours a week, for 6 months with a Glasgow business. During this time you will earn a wage based on the National Minimum Wage. Referral to this programme is by Department of Work and Pensions Advisors only - so speak to your work coach.

  • Regional Colleges - If you would prefer to go to college to improve your skills and knowledge before looking for a job, there are numerous courses to choose from. To find out more on the courses available, where and how to apply, visit the web sites below:

Support for Parents and Carers?

Valuable information and advice for parents and carers wishing to support a young person into the world of work can be found at SDS.

Information for Businesses

If you are a Glasgow business interested or considering employing a young person, see useful links below:


Get in touch

  • Freephone
    0300 123 2898
  • Text
    07393 753 298
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