It’s hard to get a first foot on the career ladder. Young people can have the potential and positive attitude, but lack of experience can stand in the way.

Getting young people ready for work

Relevant work experience, and a real qualification

The Certificate of Work Readiness (CWR) gives young people a recognisable qualification, to show employers they have relevant experience for the workplace. It supports the Scottish Government’s Opportunities for All agenda, helping young people find work, and employers find the right people.

The CWR is designed for 16-19 year-olds but is open to anyone. It includes at least 190 hours of work experience with the employer assessing the person’s skills for the certificate – like a reference, making it something that other employers can trust.

Helping young people make a positive start

Since 2012, almost 2,500 young Scots have completed the certificate – and 97% of participants say it improved their work readiness. Many have since gone on to a Modern Apprenticeship, leading to a full-time job.

There are also benefits for employers, as young people who’ve come through the programme have the skills and experience they want. Some have used CWR to recruit new staff. It can also be an opportunity to develop existing staff, through mentoring and supervising CWR participants.

Want to know more?

Learn more about the Certificate of Work Readiness and how it can help you:

Read the evaluation of the Certificate of Work Readiness Programme.