An Activity Agreement is a written and signed agreement between you and your careers adviser or key worker.
You agree to take part in a programme of learning and activities that will help you get into:
- a job
- further learning
- voluntary or community work.
Why were Activity Agreements introduced?
Activity Agreements were set up to make sure that all young people of school leaving age in Scotland, are given the help they need to make a brighter future for themselves, no matter what challenges they face.
They are part of the '16+ Learning Choices' initiative. This gives young people the chance to take part in skills development and learning options up to the age of 18, and in some circumstances up to and including aged 19.
Evidence shows that people with more skills and qualifications have better job prospects and a better long-term standard of living.
Before you sign up
Before you sign up you would talk with your careers adviser or keyworker about your needs and interests, as well as looking at the wide range of activities that are available.
You would choose an activity that you feel is likely to match up with your needs and interests, and improve your long-term job prospects.
What is the Agreement?
The agreement sets out:
- your current skills and experience
- the skills and experience you should get from taking part in the programme or activity
- how long the programme might take - it varies
- your hours - they depend on the programme
- the type of extra support that would help you to get the most out of the activity
- what you hope to get out of the programme - now and in the future.
Who can take part?
You can take part if:
- you dropped out of school some time before your school leaving date
- you have left, or are about to leave school and need extra support and advice to help you to get ready for work, learning or training in the future
- you want to try something a bit different that could improve your confidence, and your prospects.
What sort of programmes and activities might be available?
You can get involved in a whole range of exciting and interesting programmes and activities.
You could be:
- learning practical, work-related skills
- improving your job hunting skills
- getting paid work experience
- trying out voluntary or community work
- trying something new - musical, sporting, creative or artistic activities
- improving your life and social skills
- improving your work-related skills - like teamwork and problem solving
- building up your confidence and self-esteem
- improving your reading, writing and number skills.
Where would I be based?
This will depend on the programme. You might be based at a local:
- learning centre or learning hub
- training centre; or
- several different venues.
What financial help would I get?
- If you sign up to an Activity Agreement you can apply for an Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA). The EMA payment is up to £30 a week.
- If you don't attend the programme as agreed, you might lose the EMA allowance.
In some cases you might also get help with travel costs and other expenses as part of the Agreement.
You also get regular support and advice from your personal key worker or careers adviser.
Want to know more?
If you like what you've heard so far, and want to know more, get in touch with your:
- careers adviser
- pastoral care teacher
- local learning hub.
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