This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in the Glasgow Women’s Library, Bridgeton, Glasgow on 15th May provides an opportunity to explore successful approaches towards tackling barriers to employability facing young people in Scotland. The winning and highly commended projects from the ‘Youth Employability’ category highlighted in the 2018 SURF Awards process will provide comment on their experiences and transferable learning.

SURF and the Scottish Government work together to identify and highlight excellence and innovation in initiatives that address social and economic challenges in disadvantaged communities through the annual SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.

Youth Employability Winner – Pathfinder Programme

Workshop guests will firstly hear from a project representative from the ‘Youth Employability’ category winner the DRC Youth Project and WorkingRite Pathfinder Programme. The project aims to remove labour market disconnects for young people by taking a collaborative approach, rooted in the strengths of each individual, to support them into sustained employment.

This will be followed by input from the ‘Youth Employability’ highly commended Kingdom Works project.  The project aims to remove barriers to employment for unemployed individuals aged between 16-29 while supporting the delivery of community benefits through public contracts.

Guests will then hear from the second of the ‘Youth Employability’ highly commended projects Young Enterprise Scotland’s Pathway to Success project. The project looks to inspire and support disengaged 15-21 year olds from disadvantaged communities into formal education or employment by providing a comprehensive 150 hour employability programme.

The event will close with Skills Development Scotland providing detail on their current priorities towards supporting individuals and organisations to help people enter or return back into training and employment. Followed by a short input from the Scottish Government Employability Team looking at the role they play in developing employability policy and delivery of services in Scotland. It will then open up to a discussion on National Policy.


10:00am   Welcome and Coffee

10:30am   Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

10:40am   Presentation, Pathfinder Programme: Arthur McNeaney, DRC Youth Project and Scott Christie, WorkingRite

10:55am   Presentation, Kingdom Works: Lynne Dunn, Kingdom Works

11:05am   Presentation, Pathway to Success: Emily Bennett, Young Enterprise Scotland

11:15am   Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects

11:35am   Presentation, Skills Development Scotland: Michelle Gibson, Skills Development Scotland

11:45am   Presentation, Scottish Government: Steven Turnbull, Employability Team

11.55pm   Open Discussion on National Policy

12:25pm   Summary, Thanks and What’s Next: Andy Milne and Emma Scott, Information, Communications & Events Officer, SURF

12:35pm   Networking Lunch

When and Where

Date and Time: Wed 15th May 2019, 10am-1.30pm

Venue: The Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy St, Glasgow G40 1BP


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