Especially vulnerable to the pandemic, young people's wellbeing, education, and job opportunities have been affected, and Social Good Connect in Dundee has committed their support to the Young Person's Guarantee to help young people find their 'why' and motivate them to use their talents, creativity, and enthusiasm to positively impact their communities.
As part of their commitment to the Young Person's Guarantee, they are providing purpose-led workplace learning opportunities for young people to obtain the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to succeed in the workplace. This includes everything from paid placements to internships.
Despite already delivering on several key areas of the Guarantee, Social Good Connect wanted to publicly reaffirm its commitment to young people by signing up. The Young Person’s Guarantee sits strongly with their values and mission of enhancing people’s lives by connecting them to the communities and causes they care about.
Caroline McKenna, CEO of Social Good Connect says:
"By committing to the Young Person’s Guarantee, we felt we could play an important role in helping young people achieve their ambitions.
Involving and taking on young people in an organisation benefits everyone. It helps not only to provide a different perspective for better, more effective services but also leads to improvements in skills, opportunities, knowledge, health and wellbeing for the young person and those that work within the organisation. supporting and inspiring a new generation to reach their full potential and to recognise the power of their uniqueness. “
The organisation ensures that all employees feel valued, whether that be as a student placement, intern or full-time member of staff. They ask their opinions and ideas, ensuring that they have a voice and feel comfortable speaking up.
Over the next twelve months, they will be supporting job creation programmes for young people as well as launching their own Futures Project to act as a bridge between education and work to help students understand what difference they could make and how they can use their own unique skillset, talents and character to help other form strong connections with their communities.
Caroline McKenna continues:
“The Young Person's Guarantee commits to supporting all of Scotland's young people to have a bright and prosperous future. Lots of employers, colleges, universities and volunteering agencies are part of the Guarantee and we felt we had a role to play in supporting this.
Signing up was simple, free and the team at Developing Young Workforce have been on hand to answer any questions we may have had.”
Find out how employers can support Ask 4 of the Young Person’s Guarantee and create jobs and opportunities for young people here.