Opportunities for young people

Aberdeen Guarantees 

Partners in Aberdeen are working together to provide learning, training and work opportunities for 14-25 year olds through Aberdeen Guarantees. Aberdeen Guarantees aims to promote opportunities which are available in the city, and engage local businesses in youth employment activities to enhance young people’s experiences and develop their employability skills.

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Opportunities for All

Opportunities for All guarantees a place in education or training for all young people between 16 and 19 years old.

In Aberdeen City, the Integrated Children's Services achieving outcome group lead on implementing Opportunities for All. This is a partnership group involving Aberdeen City Council Education and Childrens Services, North East Scotland College, ACVO, Job Centre Plus, Skill Development Scotland and third sector organisations.

Partners have collaborated to produce the Aberdeen Youth Employment Activity Plan to profile the range of opportunities in the city for young people who are between 16 and 25 years old and who require extra support to progress into further education, employment or training. You can download a copy of the plan below: 

Activity agreements

Young people who are between 16 and 19 years old and who need more individual support after leaving formal education may be considered for an activity agreement.

An activity agreement is an agreement between a young person and an advisor that the young person will take part in a programme of learning and activity which helps them to become ready for formal learning, employment or training. The young person may receive an allowance in return for complying with this agreement.

Each agreement is based on the young person's interests. Young people have engaged in a range of activities which help to increase their confidence, motivation and employability. These activities have included outdoor education, extreme sports, literacy tuition, PC classes, creative arts sessions, dance, drama, digital media sessions, horse riding, ice skating, skiing, music workshops and participation in a range of work placements in garages, shops, and with Council services such as Park Rangers or nurseries.

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16+ Learning Choices

16+ Learning Choices is a universal entitlement for all young people and is the model for ensuring all young people completing compulsory education have an offer of a suitable place in post-16 learning. The offer may be one of the following:

  • Full or part time education in a school, FE college or university. 
  • A place on a national training programme such an Employability Fund programme or an apprenticeship. 
  • Access to training through a local provider. 
  • Full or part time employment (over 16 hours a week).
  • An Activity Agreement.
  • A volunteering placement.
  • An informal learning placement, including personal and social development opportunities. 

Contact details

For more information, please contact:

Carole Sneddon
Opportunities for All Manager
Aberdeen City Council
Ground Floor
Frederick Street Centre
Frederick Street Aberdeen
AB24 1HY
01224 765678
07917 326668
csneddon@aberdeencity.gov.uk


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