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Post School Activity

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


Entry level opportunities within organisations offer a great stepping stone for young people to begin their employment in the world of work. It gives them a strong foundation for developing their skills, knowledge and experience, with the potential to advance in the future.

We encourage employers to revisit job descriptions and identify where a young person could be the right person for the job. We also offer support and guidance for employers recruiting school leavers.

Modern Apprenticeships are structured work-based training towards an industry approved qualification. A modern apprenticeship offers employers the opportunity to recruit and train young people for their organisations. This is done through a combination of paid employment, on-the-job training and an accredited industry recognised qualification. A Modern Apprentice could be a new member of staff or an existing employee seeking to increase their capability.

Modern Apprenticeships give employees aged 16+ an alternative way to gain the skills, experience and qualifications to start a career within their chosen sector, without the need to study full-time. In addition, Modern Apprentices also gain a number of core skills including communication, numeracy, problem solving, working with others and IT skills.

Modern Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of sectors such as retail, business administration, hospitality and finance.

Download the Modern Apprenticeships factsheet for more information. 

Watch Chris was a Modern Apprentice (2014) at Parkview Care Home, The City of Edinburgh Council - talks about his experience of the Edinburgh Guarantee and the benefit to him.


School leaver Internships give employers the opportunity to offer a short term, tailored opportunity to a young person.

Internships generally last for 6 months but can be longer. Employers use internships where they have specific roles that would enable a young person to get a taste of the work that is carried out within an organisation. They provide a great platform for moving a young person onto permanent employment or a Modern Apprenticeship at the end of the Internship.

Internships can be project specific or general, but both offer the young person and employer the chance to identify strengths, skills, abilities and interests which can then be aligned with an opportunity within the organisation.

Watch Amy McGillivery, Intern (2014) at Standard Life - talks about how getting involved with the Edinburgh Guarantee has benefited her.


In Edinburgh, we have a wide range of training organisations that support young people who have the aim of securing employment. All of these organisations need the support of employers who are willing to offer a work placement that will allow the young person to increase their skills, experience and knowledge of the workplace.

Many of these training organisations deliver industry related qualifications alongside the work placement and therefore ask employers from specific industry sectors to get involved. However, other training organisations deliver more generic qualifications like the Certificate of Work Readiness and therefore ask employers from multiple sectors to get involved.

Watch Patrick Dempsey, Trainee (2014) at GL Floors  - talks about how getting involved with the Edinburgh Guarantee has benefited him.


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