Renfrewshire Council

Appendix A. Youth Unemployment Achievements

Youth Unemployment Achievements

Renfrewshire's youth employment rate (now 67.4%) has seen the biggest growth across all 32 local authority areas over the last 10 years and is the second highest in Scotland.

A record 96.5% of pupils across Renfrewshire were in a 'positive destination' within three months of leaving school last year.

An increasing percentage (93%) of young people aged 16 to 19-years-old are participating in work, learning or study (August 21 annual participation measure). The gap in this participation rate (12% at February 2022) between Renfrewshire's most and least deprived areas is fluctuating (84.2% participating in most deprived areas and 96.2% in least.)

730 Kickstart opportunities were created with 430 being filled with 18 to 24-year-olds (at March 2022)

99 young people gaining skills and experience through volunteering since November 2020. There have also been 120 young people awarded their Saltire Award during this period.

411 Young people participating in specific Young Persons Guarantee and NOLB funded employability programmes in 2021/22

101 young people participated in West College Scotland's Young Persons Guarantee funded Skills Boost College Provision (2020/21 academic year)

416 young people started a modern Apprenticeship (between 1 April to 31 December 2021)

The modern apprenticeship achievement rate in Renfrewshire is 71.7%.

62 graduate apprenticeships were registered, with 50 registered with employers in Renfrewshire (2020-21)

45 pupils started foundation apprenticeships in schools at SCQF Level 4 to 6 (2020/21)

14 local employers have formally signed up to the Young Persons Guarantee pledging support and have to date provided 305 opportunities for local young people (two mentoring; 67 work experience placements  ; 67 modern apprenticeships; 25 foundation apprenticeships; four Adopt An Apprentice; 49 volunteering and 91 paid internships).

Many more employers have created employment and work experience opportunities for young people.