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When Olivia from Inverclyde engaged with Skills Development Scotland's (SDS) Next Steps programme, she was unsure what direction her life might take. She has since gained valuable work experience and started a full-time job.  

Upon leaving school at the end of S6, Olivia had secured a place at college, however, decided to decline the offer. She decided that she would rather be working or completing a Modern Apprenticeship, as she felt the MA method of learning would be better suited to her.  

Olivia got in touch with SDS, where she decided to take part in the Next Steps programme. Next Steps is an intensive programme of careers information, advice and guidance, aimed at unemployed young people aged 16 to 18-and-a-half – up to 25 for care experienced young people. 

With her careers adviser Heather, Olivia worked on identifying her strengths and skills to discover what roles might suit her. Olivia was totally committed to her job search but despite attending interviews, was unsuccessful in securing a position. She felt this was due to her lack of work experience and therefore, she was unable to demonstrate examples of her skills.  

It was decided that Olivia would join the Street League NTSF programme to build her skills and experience. This programme soon led to the Employability Fund Level 3 programme through Street League. The Fund supports young people towards employment through a number of local training programmes. 

Olivia soon gained full-time employment with KFC and is currently waiting to hear back from an interview for a Modern Apprenticeship with Aldi, which has the potential to lead to a management position.  

Reflecting on the Next Steps programme, Olivia said: “It is really good. Heather helped a lot and got me a place on Street League and got a job in KFC, would recommend highly.”   

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