11 May 2023
Overcoming barriers to employability: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop
SURF and the Scottish Government work together to identify and highlight excellence and innovation in initiatives that address social and economic challenges in disadvantaged communities through the annual SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.
This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in Linlithgow Burgh Hall, Linlithgow on 11th May provides an opportunity to explore successful approaches towards tackling barriers to employment facing young people in Scotland. The winner and a highly commended projects from the ‘Youth Employability’ category highlighted in the 2022 SURF Awards process, will provide comment on their experiences and transferable learning.
Workshop guests will firstly hear from a project representative from the ‘Youth Employability’ category winner The Larder. Working across West Lothian, The Larder provide educational and work pathway support for young people unable to identify their next step.
This will be followed by input from the ‘Youth Employability’ highly commended “Kickstart” – Social Housing Creating Social Change. Delivered by McTaggart Construction, the project provides support for young people to progress to positive destinations.
Finally, guests will then hear from the ‘Youth Employability’ highly commended Elgin Youth Development Group. EYDG provide paid employability programmes for young people aged 16‐24 facing employment barriers.
The event will close with presentations from Skills Development Scotland and the Third Sector Employability Forum (TSEF) providing detail on their current priorities towards supporting individuals and organisations to help people enter or return back into training and employment.
The SURF Awards ‘Youth Employability’ judging panel team – comprising representatives of Skills Development Scotland, Move On, TSEF and Scottish Enterprise – were particularly impressed by the commitment to engaging with disconnected young people and the flexibility of adapting their services to meet the needs of each individual young person.
This workshop will be delivered with support from Skills Development Scotland.
10:00am Registration and networking
10:30am Welcome and Introduction: Euan Leitch, Chief Executive, SURF
10:35am Presentation, The Larder: Garry Walker, The Larder
10:50am Presentation, “Kickstart” – Social Housing Creating Social Change: Stephen Rodgers, McTaggart Construction
11:00am Presentation, Elgin Youth Development Group: Clair Ferguson, EYDG
11:10am Questions and Comments with project representatives
11:25am Presentation, Skills Development Scotland Elaine Walls, SDS
11:35am Presentation, Third Sector Employability Forum: Blyth Deans, TSEF
11:45am Open Discussion on National Policy
12:05pm Summary, Thanks and What’s Next: Euan Leitch and Emma Scott, Events, Information & Communications Manager, SURF
12:15pm Close and Networking Lunch