An activity agreement between a youth and a counsellor is an agreement whereby the youth will participate in an apprenticeship and activity program to help them prepare for formal learning or employment. If you participate in an activity agreement, you are entitled to a living allowance. Activity agreements are open to unemployed 16-19 year olds and need additional support to help them develop their skills in accessing formal education or employment. An activity agreement is an individual set of activities and learning that builds on the needs and interests of young people. It could be a series of activities – music, art, sport, outdoor activities – and can be flexible on the suggestions of young people. The goal is for a young person to be more confident at the end of a program and to feel ready to move on to the next transition to continuing education or employment. The new nolb activity agreements are being implemented throughout the city, with provisions divided into five nodes: two to the north, two to the south and one to the city centre. Activity agreements are for people aged 15.5 to 19, but up to age 26 for people with multiple barriers, as outlined in the NOLB Emerging Emerging Best Practice Guide. Engaged staff work with youth to develop a tailored set of activities to encourage them and help them take the next step towards a positive goal. An AA Recommendation Form should be sent to the Activity Agreement team – activityagreements@edinburgh.gov.uk The service provides a young person with regular support from a noLB Activity Agreement Coach and works on an individual plan that helps them achieve their goals. Participants may also be entitled to a living allowance for educational institutions.

CHAI works in the south-west of the city of Edinburgh and works with unemployed youth and adults and helps to remove barriers to employability. Employability – Support Service is accessible to all people over the age of 16 who live in south-west Edinburgh. The SW Activity Agreement Hub accepts recommendations from local schools. Canongate Youth is the City Centre Activity Agreement Hub and can work with young people from all over the city. Recommendations for business agreements are handled by the City of Edinburgh`s growth and inclusion team. For more information on recommendations and contacts with the team, visit the “Activity Agreements” page (which will be opened in a new window) on the Council`s website. Activity agreements are a flexible and personalized service for 16-19 year olds who are not yet ready for full-time training or employment. Topics: New Individual Training Accounts (ITA) – Step-by-step guide to managing your benefits when you start working and debt advice For example, in our first issue, we discuss tips on how to do a CURRICULUM, but we also included articles on how part-time work can exempt you from the benefit cap and how you can do the “authorized work” while you apply for a Employment and Assistance Allowance (ESA) at no extra charge.

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