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Engaging with the Next Steps service helped change Fife teen Robbie’s life and set him on track for a career he is passionate about.  

At school, Robbie wanted to continue onto S6, however, his school advised that he was not progressing well in S5 and that other options should be considered.

Robbie decided to leave school and it was agreed that the Next Steps service from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) would be beneficial for his future.  

Next Steps provides a programme of intensive careers information, advice and guidance for unemployed 16 to 18-and-a-half-year-olds. It’s also open to care experienced young people up until their 26th birthday.  

Discussing his options, Robbie expressed an interest in joining the RAF. He has been an Air Cadet for a number of years but didn’t have National 5 maths which is necessary for RAF recruitment.  

It was suggested that Robbie consider college to achieve the qualification. He also showed interest in completing an Employability Fund (EF) Level 3 programme, a programme which is designed to support young people into employment or training.  

 

The Next Steps service changed my life. I was advised to leave school before I felt I was ready to, but I felt supported by my careers adviser and being on EF has helped put my life on track.”

After a successful application and interview, Robbie started Fife Council’s EF Level 3. As he was enjoying the programme, Robbie decided to postpone his plans to study National 5 maths at college 

Robbie considered other career paths including construction and lifeguarding and approached his work coach about taking on a lifeguarding certificate.  

His work coach approached Fife Council on Robbie’s behalf and successfully negotiated for Robbie to stay on the EF programme while completing the lifeguarding course.   

Robbie has now successfully completed his EF Level 3, achieved his lifeguarding certificate and has secured a part-time contract as a lifeguard with Fife Leisure. He is hopeful that this will develop into a full-time position. 

Robbie’s confidence has grown, and he is feeling positive about his future. He is currently focusing on performing well in his new role, passing his driving test and hopefully securing a full-time position at Fife Leisure.  

Robbie said: “The Next Steps service changed my life. I was advised to leave school before I felt I was ready to, but I felt supported by my careers adviser and being on EF has helped put my life on track.” 

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