As reported in the Business Insider, Street League is making a massive impact on youth employment in Scotland and has innovated its model once again with a move into apprenticeships.

Business Insider editor, Ken Milroy, interviewed Street League's Managing Director in Scotland, Dougie Stevenson.

What’s a charity doing helping businesses recruit and manage apprentices?


Our first objective is to help young people who are out of work. To do that we need to engage with large businesses and SMEs who have workforce needs. Likened to an airport with passengers and airlines, our operation needs to accommodate the needs of both. We have worked with employers for years and we find that most have a good moral compass and an understanding of what we are trying to achieve and for many, we are working together as opposed to simply serving their needs.

What is your key differentiator from other apprenticeship providers?

One thing stands out. That we engage young people, develop them via our services, train them and offer work experience with various companies and industries before facilitating a move into full-time employment.

This process can’t be copied as it is about an end to end approach to prepare a person for work. This is very different from typical recruitment processes.

You are widely regarded as one of the main youth employability providers in Scotland. Is this, however, a significant change in business direction?

It’s an innovation, we are evolving our services from solely ‘supply side’ to ‘demand side’ employability initiatives, working closely with employers as a preferred partner of training and recruitment solutions. We have been doing this informally with many employers for some time now, essentially, we are already doing it without the label.

Number of Young People Street League have got into Jobs, Education and Training in Scotland

How can you guarantee results?

We will continue to dedicate ourselves to help young people into the workplace, applying innovation and creativity to meet the needs of employers where we can. Ultimately, we will let our results do the talking. Of 1088 young people progressed into work and education in 16/17, a staggering 72% remain in post after 12 weeks - far higher than open market recruitment or even commercial recruitment, which averages 59% and 63% respectively over the same duration.

What companies have you worked with in the past?


We have an established portfolio of 131 current employer partners and have previously delivered collaborative programmes with prestigious organisations including Jewson, Debenhams, Barclays, TM Lewin and Hilton.

You operate in 16 Local Authorities already but what about those where you don’t?


This isn’t a barrier to working with us. The move into the apprenticeship market will see us working with new employers and we anticipate working in new geographies as demand grows.

What do employers say?

“We have nine young people that we have recruited from Street League, some of whom are undertaking an apprenticeship. Street League has consistently placed high-quality job candidates within our business and this supply of human resource has provided ARCT with a strong foundation for business growth.

Craig Taggart MD of ARCT Transport

“Debenhams have built up a great partnership with Street League. The young people who have undertaken work placements with us have benefited greatly, learning new skills and developing themselves, with many of them gaining employment with us. Together we can build confidence in our young people and further develop our partnership with Street League.

Caroline Cochrane, Debenhams

What do young people say?





Why partner with Street League?

  1. We are an SQA accredited centre for learning. Like a school or college.
  2. We employ Modern Apprentices ourselves. We practice what we preach.
  3. We can be your CSR strategy. We can work with companies to develop their corporate responsibility.
  4. We understand the challenges associated with hiring young people, ensuring the correct person is selected as part of any hiring or internal selection process.
  5. 72% of our young people remain in a job after 12 weeks - far higher than open market recruitment or commercial recruitment, averaging only 59% and 63% respectively over the same duration.
  6. We have worked extensively with local and national employers to deliver ‘on-site’ support for young people on work experience.
  7. We will continue to support our young people following the transition into employment to help them sustain the move.
  8. As a partner with Street League, we will provide your current workforce with a multitude of engagement opportunities.
  9. Overall in 2016/17, 78% of people who began a Modern Apprenticeship programme in Scotland went on to complete their qualification.

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