Post School - Local/National Picture

Opportunities for All brings together a range of existing national and local policies and strategies as a single focus to improve young people’s participation in post 16 learning or training, and ultimately employment, through appropriate interventions and support until at least their 20th birthday.

This builds on and adds impetus to existing entitlements and commitments to support youth employment through the senior phase of Curriculum for Excellence, including the development of skills for learning life and work, robust transitions through 16+ Learning Choices and the targeted support offered through More Choices, More Chances (MCMC).

The Commitment

Opportunities for All is an explicit commitment to offer a place in learning or training to every 16-19 year old who is not currently in employment, education or training. It requires the post-16 learning system to re-engage young people who are not currently in education, employment or training appropriately with learning or training between their 16th and 20th birthdays and to enable support to be offered to young people more effectively beyond that age.

The Aim

Opportunities for All ensures access for all Scotland’s young people to a range of opportunities, including staying on at school, national training programmes, university and college courses, Activity Agreements and additional opportunities offered through Inspiring Scotland, Community Jobs Scotland and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Jobcentre Plus.

Principles

The Government’s aim is to enable all young people to access and progress in learning and to equip them with the skills, knowledge and positive attitudes they need to participate and progress, where possible, to employment. In this way we look to improve the life chances of all of our young people, including those with additional support needs, through the provision of learning and training opportunities and the personal support they need to help them achieve and progress.

Page last updated: 6 February 2017