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Daniel participated in the East Ayrshire Next Steps summer programme in June 2017, a four-week programme for local young people who are not in employment, education or training after leaving school delivered by Skills Development Scotland (SDS). 

By his own admission, Daniel was at home most of the time, not going out, and hadn’t given his career any serious thought. 

He agreed to take part in the summer programme, which was based around the four themes of career management skills – self, strengths, horizons and networks.  

After completing the summer programme, Daniel continued on with SDS’s Next Steps programme, an ongoing programme of intensive careers information, advice and guidance that’s open to unemployed young people aged 16 to 18-and-a-half. 

Through regular meetings with a careers adviser at the SDS centre, Daniel continued with the work he’d started during the four-week course, and started to consider what he’d like to do next. 

With the support of his SDS careers adviser, Daniel progressed on to East Ayrshire Council’s Activity Agreement Summer Programme which he attended throughout July.  

"Before I had no idea what to do, I was wasting my time at home. This has changed my life and now I know what I want to do.”

The council’s programme was held at Ayrshire College’s Kilmarnock Campus, which was slightly daunting for Daniel as he had not considered attending college and was struggling to decide what to do. 

Daniel enjoyed the Activity Agreement programme and was surprised to find that he felt really comfortable in the college environment. 

He was accepted on to the Personal Empowerment Zone (PEZ) course, and then on to PEZ Plus, both of which allowed him access to the different areas within the college and encouraged him to ‘try out’ a few ideas.  

He has recently completed this college course and, remembering the support he had been given last year, came back to SDS to ask for some advice on getting this CSCS card (Construction Skills Certificate Scheme) as his friend’s dad had told him his company were looking for some labourers to help lay pipeline.  

His careers adviser referred Daniel on to a local training provider who offered other formal training and part of this was the opportunity to sit the test for the CSCS card. As a back-up he was also encouraged to apply for college.  

He has now secured a place at Ayrshire College studying IMI Level 2 Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. 

Daniel said: “Before I had no idea what to do, I was wasting my time at home. This has changed my life and now I know what I want to do.” 

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