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New Skills

Employed or unemployed life needs to be a continuous learning experience. New skills make you more employable, they can change your perspective on the world and help you meet more people. Learning to be a chef or completing a bookkeeping course not only opens doors to employment and self-employment, these skills can be used in your everyday life. Always aim to be learning something new. Reaching goals and milestones subconsciously builds self-confidence as well as adding to your chances of finding paid employment.

Since its launch in 2006, the Sunday Mail Young ScotAwards has celebrated the inspirational contributions of thousands of young Scots who have made a real difference to communities across Scotland.

For the past ten years the Young Scot Awards have been a phenomenal success, recognising the amazing achievements of some of Scotland’s truly remarkable young people. The awards shine a light on the positive contributions young people make every day and provide a fantastic opportunity to see their efforts and dedication celebrated.

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As an adult, it can be tough taking the first step back into education, especially if you struggle with a long-term health problem or disability or if you're looking after someone else.

But learning something new is a great way to get out of the house, boost your self-esteem and meet new people. Learning of course doesn't even have to have a specific outcome; it can be a rewarding end in and of itself. And the even better news is that there are a number of different routes back into education specifically tailored to suit adult learners.

You are never too old to learn. Learning something new or improving your existing skills is becoming increasingly popular with older people and there are lots of opportunities out there for you to try, many of them free of charge.

Getting training and experience through an apprenticeship or internship significantly increases a young person's chance of finding paid employment. We have the options of an apprenticeship or internship depending on the commitment you want to make. It's an opportunity to develop skills, experience and qualifications in a supportive working environment.

Our extensive industry experience across 15 sectors means that we are a trusted partner to employers, in particular small and medium enterprises (SMEs). In 2015/16 we supported over 1,500 unemployed people into work and trained 865 people in apprenticeships.

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TheLightBulb is a privately-owned Essex based company committed to the development and growth not only of their client’s employees but of their own. TheLightBulb work in partnership with the government to deliver funded Apprenticeships as well as Commercial Training courses across a range of industry sectors, and have a strong focus on staff and business development. Whether you are looking to upskill your existing employees, or take on a new team member, TheLightBulb can help with all your recruitment and training needs.

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Sea-Change provides residential opportunities for young people and vulnerable adults to learn and develop in a unique environment. By living and working together aboard a traditional sailing vessel they participate in a wide range of life skills and are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their contribution and group decisions.

We offer a graduated set of programmes from entry level tasters to extended residential periods with accreditation. The charity is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training and Sailability Foundation centre, and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Approved Activity Centre.

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We are Music is a registered charity helping people to engage in the community through popular music. Our objects provide for the advancement of young people through music into the music industry, and education. There is no other provision in the area and in response to local demand we increased the breadth of facilities provided to include adult sessions.

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We develop world class athletes beyond sport and then work with them to deliver programmes that transform the lives of young people facing disadvantage.

It was back in 2008 on the eve of the Beijing Games when Dame Kelly Holmes realised something: If world class athletes can be effectively supported beyond sport, they could benefit society enormously. If we could harness their high performing attitudes and qualities, they can deliver a legacy.

The Oli Bennett Charitable Trust aims to help young people from all backgrounds. This charity has been founded as a tribute for Oli Bennett who died in the September 11 World Trade Centre attacks. 

This charity both support young individuals to get their business ideas off the ground, transforming them into profitable and sustainable organisations and offer financial support, where methods of fundraising might have failed. 

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Everywoman, since 1999, aims to become the expert in the advancement of women in business. We have a presence in over 100 countries, being recognised globally, as we have over 20,000 active members. 

We have achieved to help women develop themselves professionally at all levels and across a diverse range of sectors and industries. We also provide both high development tools and learning programmes in order to have a dramatic impact on the way women present themselves in front of prospect or current employers, as well as changing their views upot their own careers and futures. 

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Since 2003, The Company Warehouse has been forming UK limited companies, aiming to help people start their own businesses. 

We pride ourselves with our business consultants and legal team who can both guide and answer any questions you might have in order to form your own company process. As well asforming standard limited companies we undertake non-profit, CIC formations and charities. 

FSB has established 40 years ago as a non-profit and non-party political organisation that aims to help individuals succeed in business.

We offer their members an extensive variety of key business services and administrations including guidance, financial expertise and nevertheless a powerful voice and support in dealing with the government. Their main goal is to assist small businesses.

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Business is GREAT Britain is a government run service which offers support, advice and inspiration for starting and growing your business. They list different organisations who offer start-up advice to entrepreneurs.

They offer great business advice, articles, videos and case studies, focusing on the SMEs and start-ups driving growth and helping to power the UK's economy.

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The New Entrepreneurs Foundation (NEF) provides mentoring, events, work placements and programmes for aspiring entrepreneurs. 

NEF run a change-making programme that combines real- life business experience in fast growing SMEs with intensive training, business mentoring and coaching; connecting businesses and entrepreneurial talent through our work placement scheme,  events programme and alumni network; developing awareness and interest in entrepreneurship among schools through our outreach programme.

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