Street League has been awarded the largest public sector contract in its history by Skills Development Scotland.

SDS is the national skills agency for Scotland which focuses on supporting 16 to 18-year-olds who have left school. The new funding will enable 561 young people to join Street League Academy programmes across seven Local Authorities, including the new delivery area of Renfrewshire, as part of the SDS employability fund.

SDS funding for Street League has grown rapidly over the last three years. Other authorities now benefitting from the programme include Edinburgh City, West Lothian, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Glasgow City and Inverclyde.

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The young people will join Street League’s Stage 2 and 3 Academies, which focus on barrier removal and vocational activity respectively. The Academies fulfil two stages of the Scottish Government’s five-stage employability pipeline, with Street League having achieved an outcome rate 11.6% above the national average for Stage 3.

Qualifications on the programmes include the Personal Development Award, Steps to Work Certificate and SQA Leadership Award.

Street League will also pilot the Certificate of Work Readiness programme in partnership with Glasgow Life. Last year the two organisations joined forces with Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company to win the Scottish Training Federation’s ‘Success in Partnership’ award.

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Dougie Stevenson, Managing Director for Street League Scotland, said: “By 2016-17, our aim is to achieve 1000 positive outcomes across Scotland each year.

“We are delighted to be growing the value of the contract and simultaneously increasing our national profile, with Street League now delivering in nine of Scotland’s 32 local authorities.

“We are currently opening in Ayrshire and will also be in Dundee and Aberdeen over the next 24 months. Our aim is to reach more local authorities across Scotland and reach more young people.”