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There is a variety of opportunites available to young people ranging from jobs, Modern Apprenticeships, training programmes and further education.

See the types of opportunities below to get further information:


Many employers offer young people a foot on the career ladder by creating jobs for school leavers, providing a great stepping stone for you to begin your journey in the world of work.  You can work at a level that provides a strong foundation for developing skills, knowledge and experience with the potential to advance in the future.

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Modern Apprenticeships give young people aged 16+ an alternative way of gaining the skills, experience and qualifications to start a career within their chosen sector - without the need to study full-time. This is done through a combination of paid employment, on-the-job training and an accredited qualification at industry-recognised standards. In addition, Modern Apprentices also gain a number of core skills (if required) including communication, numeracy, problem solving, working with others and IT skills.

Modern Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of sectors, for example, IT, retail, business administration, hospitality, finance and many more.

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Edinburgh Project SEARCH provides employment and learning opportunities for young people with a disability. It is a partnership between the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Edinburgh College and Intowork.

To be eligible you must: 

  • be between 16 to 29 years old
  • want to secure a full time job (16+ hours)
  • live within Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian or West Lothian
  • have a recognised disability
  • be able to commit full time for one year
  • be able to travel alone or learn how to do by the start of the programme.

The programme runs from August to July each year. During the programme you will: 

  • attend every Monday to Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm during term time
  • complete 3 different internships within the City of Edinburgh Council or NHS Lothian
  • complete 5 hours at the internship and 2 hours in the training room each day
  • work towards a qualification and complete Project SEARCH course work
  • gain skills needed for work. 

A tutor and two job coaches are based on site to provide classroom learning and in-work support. 

To find out more:


Tel: 0131 529 3139 


In Edinburgh, there is a wide range of training organisations who can support young people with their aim of securing employment.  All of these organisations have support from employers who are willing to offer a work placement that will allow you to increase your skills, experience and knowledge of the workplace.

Many of these training organisations deliver industry related qualifications alongside the work placement and therefore ask if you have a real interest in that specific industry sector.  However, other training organisations deliver more generic qualifications like the Certificate of Work Readiness and can tailor the training you need to the sector(s) you want to secure a job in.

To find out more:

  • Look at our Find a Job page
  • Speak to your Careers Adviser.

Edinburgh College is one of Scotland's biggest colleges with around 19,000 students across 4 campuses in Edinburgh and the Lothians.  Offering a wide variety of vibrant vocational and academic courses, Edinburgh College provides flexible learning opportunities to suit all learning needs. Whatever path you choose we offer over 700 courses from access to degree level and continuing professional development to help you achieve your future career ambitions.

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Designed by employers and industry specialists, Graduate Apprenticeships have been created with apprentices' development in mind.  A Graduate Apprenticeship helps you build the skills and knowledge that Scottish industries need. You'll work, get paid and achieve a degree.  You'll spend most of your time learning on the job, but will also be a student at a university or college.

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The JET Academy is a work-based learning programme for S4-S6 school pupils. JET stands for Job, Education and Training and aims to prepare you for the world of work by providing an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and a nationally recognised Employability Award. 

You will be matched to a work placement where you will undertake extended work experience with an employer over an agreed period of time. Your school timetable will be adjusted to accommodate this. 

If you are interested in taking part in the JET Academy please speak to your Guidance Teacher. 

Career Ready is an ambitious business led charity that helps raise young people's aspirations and life chances by bridging the gap between education and employment.  This is done by giving S5 and S6 pupils access to real experience of the world of work.

Career Ready is an inspirational programme that includes mentoring, 'guru lectures' and internships.  Students begin their experience in S5 and follow a rigorous two-year enrichment programme alongside their school curriculum, enabling them to progress to higher education or the world of work from a much more informed, inspired and confident base.

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

You'll complete your Foundation Apprenticeship over one or two years, usually starting in S5 or S6. You'll spend time away from school, at college and with an employer. So you get a real, practical work placement which will give your career a head start and look great on your CV. Most major universities and colleges in Scotland accept Foundation Apprenticeships as entry requirements, equivalent to one SQA Higher. 

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