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Staff from Skills Development Scotland (pictured) were delighted to join care experienced young people, support organisations and fellow corporate parents at the 'Love Rally' 2019.

Starting from Glasgow Green, the Love Rally wound through city centre streets, raising awareness of the challenges faced in work and training by care experienced young people.

SDS team at Love Rally 2019
"It was brilliant to march alongside other corporate parents and to show our support for care experienced people." - Karen McGuire, Senior Executive for Equalities

Skills Development Scotland is committed to its corporate parenting role in supporting young people to fulfil their potential, particularly those who have had a tougher experience growing up.

Joanne, Louise and Donna from our Edinburgh team recently told us about how they work with partners to support the city’s young people.

As well as offering expert skills advice, our careers service specialists working with care experienced young people must also build trust and understand the unique needs of each individual.

Commenting on the march, Senior Executive, Equalities, Karen McGuire said: “The march was an excellent event, full of love, fun and hope, and it provided us with a great opportunity to show how proud we are to be a corporate parent.  It was brilliant to march alongside other corporate parents and to show our support for care experienced people, support that we provide on a day to day basis through our services to this group.”

National Training Programmes Equality Manager, Ian Bruce said: “It was great to see so much support from individuals, organisations and Scottish Government for this important event.  In addition to our corporate parent role, we prioritise care experienced individuals seeking opportunities through Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships.  We actively work with and encourage care experienced individuals to consider an apprenticeship as an employment opportunity and provide support and information to and through training providers to ensure that care experienced individuals succeed in their careers.”

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