The Connect Project is open to young people aged between 16-19, who are unsure of what steps to take next, or are not ready to move on to employment or further training. Project staff work with the young people to develop a personal and flexible programme that meets learning needs and gives the skills and confidence needed to move on to their chosen area.

What can you do on Connect? The Connect Project offers a wide range of activities to help improve employability skills, independent living, numeracy and literacy, citizenship and communication skills. Activities can include:

  • budgeting, shopping and cooking,
  • arranging events
  • inter-generational events with residents at Eunson Kloss
  • physical activity with Blide Trust service-users
  • regular Orkney Ranger service trips
  • CV writing

Young people also have the opportunity to get involved with the SALTIRE Awards (youth volunteering) as well as other recognised qualifications while on the programme. Staff work closely with partner agencies such as Skills Development Scotland, Orkney College and Lifeskills to make sure young people get the best outcome during their time at the project.

Young people attending the Connect project may be eligible to receive Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

Young people can spend up to one year at Connect, at the end of which staff help the young person develop and arrange their next step whether that's into training, further education or employment.

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