Mark talks about his experience of working with young people
and why he chose to get involved with The Edinburgh Guarantee.
The Edinburgh Guarantee is a vision that all sectors of the city
will work together to ensure every school leaver in Edinburgh will
leave school with the choice of a job, training or further
education opportunity available to them.
In 2011, the Council initiated the Edinburgh Guarantee with a
goal to ensure that every local authority school leaver secures a
positive destination (employment, training or further education)
upon leaving secondary education.
• Offer a school leaver a job
• Offer a Modern Apprenticeship (job and funded
• Offer a paid internships (average of 6 months)
• Offer a work placement with potential for progression into
• Offer work experience to a school student
• Participate in Career Ready.
For more information, please see the 'Get
It depends on you and the length of time you think you can
develop and add value to the skill set of the young person - many
employers add young people to their workforce on a permanent
basis. We usually advise a minimum period of 6 months.
Complete the contact us form and we will respond as
quickly as possible.
An advertisement can be posted on the Edinburgh Guarantee
website within 24 hours.
When advertising an opportunity on the Edinburgh Guarantee
website, we offer full administrative support throughout the
recruitment process. We do this at no cost to the
employer. We can assist with developing job descriptions into
young person friendly adverts, shortlisting candidates, arranging
interviews and collating feedback and contacting unsuccessful
applicants on your behalf.
Yes, we can assist employers with how to develop interview
questions most relevant to the post with the aim of getting the
best out of the candidates. We can also be present during
interviews but only if an employer wants us to be involved with the
process. The decision-making must be led by the employer
There are various funding options available depending on the
opportunity an employer is offering. Please see the 'Funding' section.
We work with all the local secondary schools to promote the
Edinburgh Guarantee to young people who plan to leave school.
We also work with training organisations/programmes to promote the
Edinburgh Guarantee to those who have left school within the last 3
years. These training programmes include the Council's JET
(Job, Education & Training), Inspiring Young People (IYP) and
Careers Academy Programmes.
Various other organisations also who work with young people aged
16-19 - all of whom can apply for the opportunities on the
Edinburgh Guarantee website. However, applications must meet
the criteria as specified in the advertisement which is based on
Young People work with a number of professionals while at
schools (i.e. careers advisors, guidance teachers, etc.) and have a
choice of organisations that can guide and prepare them for work
once they have left education. These organisations prepare
young people for work by creating employability training programmes
which usually consist of work placements, core skills training and
accredited or industry related training. Their ultimate aim
is to support young people into a jobs, modern apprenticeships,
additional training or further education.
Depending on the opportunity you offer to a young person (see
Involved' section), you may receive support from business
gateway, a training organisation, assessor, verifier and/or funding
representative. Irrespective of what official support is
offered, the Edinburgh Guarantee team is proud of our 'no wrong
door' approach - if you ever have questions or need further
information, we will do our best to find the answer or signpost you
in the right direction.
Please see the 'Get Involved' section. There are a
variety of options under the heading of 'Other'.