Street League is working with a national newspaper group to help 1000 unemployed young people across Scotland move into work and training before the end of the year.

The campaign with the Trinity Mirror group recently kicked off with an eye-catching four-page supplement in the Daily Record, sponsored by Jewson and Inspiring Scotland.

More employers are being asked to join the campaign by providing work experience placements to graduates from the award-winning Street League Academy programme.

The programme mixes sport and education, and develops key employability skills and qualifications for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Watch the video below.

Dougie Stevenson, Managing Director of Street League Scotland, explained that the charity are 75% towards their target for the year.

“As of last week, we had reached 762 positive outcomes for our young people, so we’re on track to hit our target,” he said.

“The support of Trinity Mirror, Jewson and Inspiring Scotland has been a major boost for our campaign. At the start of the year, it felt like a tall order but thanks to the support of hundreds of different employers we are on course – it’s really exciting.

“We’re now looking for more companies to join the team, and provide work experience and placement opportunities to the young people we are working with.” 

Jewson are also contributing to the campaign by providing 100 work placements across Scotland over the next year. Inspiring Scotland, a ‘venture philanthropy’ organisation which invests funding and skills in some of Scotland’s leading charities, has supported Street League since 2009.

Street League Academy graduate Stephen, 20, from Dalkeith, reaped the rewards from his time with Jewson and is now a full-time employee with the company. He said: "The work placement was good. Within a couple of days I already felt like part of the team. I progressed very quickly and easily with the support of my teammates." 

Watch the full interview with Stephen and learn more about Street League's partnership with Jewson below.

The supplement featured the story of Rachael, 16, from West Lothian, who works for Debenhams after coming through the Street League programme. She said: “I was struggling at college and I’d gone off the rails a bit…. The great thing about Street League is it made me streetwise about how to behave, get a proper CV done and how to deal with interviews.”

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