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The Edinburgh Guarantee supports young people while in school by making the following opportunities available to them.


The JET Academy is a work-based learning programme for S4-S6 school pupils which combines school education with vocational training and work experience. It is the Edinburgh model for the implementation of developing the Young Workforce National Work Placements Standards.

JET stands for Job, Education and Training and aims to prepare young people for the world of work by providing an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and a nationally recognised Employability Award. 

Young people will be matched to a work placement where they will undertake extended work experience with an employer over an agreed period of time. Their school timetable will be adjusted to accommodate this. This gives young people a realistic experience of the world of work and employer expectations. 

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Jay Sturgeon, Modern Apprentice (2014) at the City of Edinburgh Council

Jay began his path into employment through the JET Academy which is part of the Edinburgh Guarantee. Jay tells of his experience of the Edinburgh Guarantee and the benefit to him.


Set up by the business community in 2002, Career Ready (formerly Career Academies UK) is a registered charity which leads and supports a national movement of employers, schools and colleges, working to raise the aspirations and life chances of 16 to 19 year-olds.

Career Ready's expertise lies in bringing together the world of business and school to deliver an inspirational programme that includes mentoring, 'guru lectures' and internships. Career Ready students follow a rigorous two-year enrichment programme during S5 and S6 alongside their school curriculum, enabling students to progress to higher education or the world of work from a much more informed, inspired and confident base.

A total of 3,000 employee volunteers from 1,000 organisations around the UK contribute time and skills to Career Ready as mentors, hosting paid internships, networking/workplace visits and as guest speakers in the classroom. Employer supporters range from SMEs to multinationals and cover both the private and public sectors. None of what the charity does is possible without employer support.

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Megan Thomson, Apprentice (2014) at Change Recruitment

Megan began her path into employment through the Career Ready programme, part of the Edinburgh Guarantee, as apprentice office staff at Change Recruitment. Megan tells of her experience of the Edinburgh Guarantee and the benefit to her.



Share your industry knowledge with young people, head teachers, curriculum leaders and parents in schools. This opportunity not only provides young people with the information they need to make informed subject and career choices but offers clarity to individuals supporting and influencing these decisions. You will raise your industry profile and ensure your area of work is visible to your future workforce. This works particularly well if your industry:

  • is a growth industry
  • has skills gaps/shortages
  • has difficulty attracting new talent
  • would like to encourage more diversity in the workforce
  • has an aging workforce and requires high levels of new recruits in the future

Foundation Apprenticeships are being developed to create better links between young people, education and employers and to better prepare young people for the world of work.

A Foundation Apprenticeship lasts for two years and is studied alongside other school subjects (typically National 5s and Highers). Starting in fourth or fifth year, pupils get the opportunity to complete elements of a Modern Apprenticeship while still in full-time education. Upon successful completion of a Foundation Apprenticeship young people can continue their studies at college or university, go into direct employment or gain accelerated entry onto a related Modern Apprenticeship.



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