Access Potential

What

New course with the aim of providing additional activity for unemployed young people aged 16-24 who have dropped out of activity, are unemployed and have barriers to employment due to their convictions.

The course has been developed to introduce young people to the Arts through a variety of creative medias. There will also be the opportunity to build on employability skills, gain access to accredited training and move into positive destinations.

The course will offer one-to-one sessions, carried out by a Caseworker, to build positive relationships and begin to establish main areas of support. Activities will be developed around confidence, resilience and positive decision making. There will also be access to an 8-week creative course, covering media, drama and music.

In additional, there will be skills training on Disclosure and writing a Disclosure Letter; CV building, job searching and mock interview support. Group work will be in place to help build on soft employability skills including time keeping, communication and teamwork, which helps build confidence. Plus accredited training courses in REHIS Food Hygiene; REHIS health and Safety; REHIS First Aid at work and World Host.

The course outcomes will be:

  • Adult Achievement Award
  • Working with professionals in the creative and media industries
  • SQA working with others qualifications
  • REHIS Qualifications
  • Progression to work with EdinMe Caseworkers

Who

Young people aged 16-24 in custody being liberated back to Edinburgh, and young people currently serving a community sentence: Community Payback Order (CPO); Supervision, Drug Treatment and Testing Order, (DTTO) and Supervised Release Order (SRO) – which includes Sex Offenders and Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) clients. Referrals will be taken directly from the prison, Police Scotland’s VOW team and through community justice social workers.

When

Dates and times TBC.

Why

To move unemployed young people aged 16-24 who have dropped out of activity, are unemployed and have barriers to employment due to their convictions onto positive destinations.

Where

TBC.

Funding Partners