This free SURF Awards workshop online event on 8th July provides an opportunity to explore successful approaches towards tackling barriers to employment facing young people in Scotland. The winning and highly commended projects from the ‘Youth Employability’ category highlighted in the 2020 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.

Workshop guests will firstly hear from a project representative from the ‘Youth Employability’ category winner Street League with their Head, Body, Future programme. Delivered throughout Scotland, Head Body Future (HBF) is Street League’s online youth employment service, which works with young people who face insecurity every day.

This will be followed by input from the ‘Youth Employability’ the highly commended Move On: Employability Fund.  Based in Glasgow, the project aims to give vulnerable young people practical work experience, whilst helping them to develop broader skills and confidence.

Finally, guests will then hear from the third of the ‘Youth Employability’ highly commended projects Community Renewal Trust’s Youth Employment Team. Operating in Edinburgh, the project aims to find disengaged young people and provide them with long­-term, holistic employability support

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. It will then open up to a discussion on National Policy.

The SURF Awards ‘Youth Employability’ judging panel team – comprising representatives of Skills Development Scotland, Impact Arts, the DRC Youth Project and the Lennox Partnership – were particularly impressed by the commitment to engaging with disconnected young people and the flexibility of adapting their services, due to the Covid pandemic, to meet the needs of each individual young person.

This workshop will be delivered with support from Skills Development Scotland.


10:30am   Welcome and Introduction: Euan Leitch, Chief Executive, SURF

10:35am   Presentation, Street League: Head, Body, Future:  Kirsty Steven, Street League

10:45am   Presentation, Move On: Employability Fund: John Connell, Move On

10:55am   Presentation, Community Renewal Trust: Youth Employability Team: tbc, Community Renewal Trust

11:05am   Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects

11:20am   Presentation, Skills Development Scotland: Elaine Walls, Skills Development Scotland

11.30pm   Open Discussion on National Policy

11:50pm   Summary, Thanks and What’s Next: Euan Leitch and Emma Scott, Events, Information & Communications Manager, SURF

12:00pm   Close

Where and When

Date: 8th July

Time: 10.30am-12pm

Platform: Zoom


To book your free place please complete the booking form at the link below. If you have any queries please email 

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