Work placements for young people

Work placements help young people to make informed decisions about their future careers. 

Work placements:

  • bring relevance to academic work
  • enable young people to learn from different people with different perspectives
  • raise young people's aspirations
  • highlight the options available on leaving school

For more information on work placements view Education Scotland's Work Placement Standard.

Young Person's Guarantee

The Young Person's Guarantee is a commitment to connect every 16 to 24 year old in Scotland to an opportunity. Work placements are one way that can prepare young people for the world of work. Angus Council are working with employers and partners to support the Young Person’s Guarantee.

For more information visit the Young Person's Guarantee Hub.


Support for 15 to 19 year olds

The 16+ team provide support for young people moving from school to employment who face barriers.

Working with partners, we help young people gain skills and confidence. This enables them to prepare for employment, training, education and/or volunteering.

An individual plan explores the needs and interests of young people. This plan includes activities to prepare for progression into further learning and employment.

Working with a 16+ support worker, plans might include:

  • taster sessions with college
  • sessions with training providers
  • work placements
  • innovative group projects such as:
    • music sessions/courses
    • construction taster sessions/courses
    • rural skills session/course
    • outdoor learning sessions

This creative package of activity and learning enables young people to develop workplace skills. The plan is created around the young person’s needs and interests. With support, the young person sets goals to enable positive and sustainable progression.

To take part a young person must not be in education training or employment (support can begin six months before the statutory leaving date for school)

They will receive:

  • dedicated support from a 16+ support worker.
  • an individual plan to help reach agreed goals.

To request support from 16+ Team please complete the referral form.

For further information, or to request a referral form, please email the 16+ team.

Young people may be eligible for Education Maintenance Allowance of £30 per week.

Please note - activity through 16+ as part of NOLB/Young Person's Guarantee will count as approved education and training in relation to a claim for Child Tax Credits or Child Benefit. For further information visit the website.

What can 16+ offer?

A 16+ support worker will help you access all that is on offer to best suit your needs. They will work with you to:

  • Recognise your skills, attributes and assets which will help you progress towards employment.
  • Break down the barriers stopping you from accessing further learning, training, and employment.
  • Offer personalised support and signposting where necessary. Maintain regular contact to ensure the service is meeting your needs.
  • Keep in touch with you to make sure everything is going well, and to answer any questions you might have.

Financial support

We can offer financial support to help overcome challenges. This help might support your chances of finding or taking up a job or training place.

This can include help in accessing:

  • travel costs
  • costs of training to help secure a job
  • specialist tools or other equipment


  • must be age 15-19
  • must not be engaged in further education, training, or employment
  • this support is particularly suited to young people experiencing two or more barriers. For example:
    • low skilled
    • no or limited work experience
    • disability
    • care experienced
    • mental health issues
    • young carers

Drop in sessions

These take place throughout Angus and provide access points for regular support to:

  • meet with your 16+ support worker
  • get more information
  • access computers for supported job search
  • help you to progress towards education, training, or employment
Venue Day Time
Mohub, Montrose Tuesday 12noon - 3pm
The Green Leaf Cafe, Myre Road, Forfar Tuesday and Thursday 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Carnoustie Hub Wednesday 2pm – 4pm
The Crickety, Brechin Thursday 12.30pm – 4.30pm
3-5 Catherine Street, Arbroath  Friday 1pm - 3.30pm


Through No-One Left Behind and Young Person Guarantee funding, support is available to help people of all ages gain skills and confidence, and prepare for employment, training, education and/or volunteering.

More information on jobs and careers for young people is available at the My World of Work website