To reduce youth unemployment in Dumfries & Galloway.
Based in Dumfries, Let’s Get Sporty (LGS) runs a voluntary programme for young people aged 14-30 – Let’s Get Employed.
The programme is specifically tailored for each participant, with each young person on the programme setting personal development goals to work towards.
The intensity of the programme is down to the individual’s needs – some attend as little as one our per week while others taking a more hands on approach, engaging with the programme up to five days a week.
Each young person is allocated a mentor to support their personal development. A comprehensive vocational experience programme then sees them deliver LGS’s services to the public..
Participants are offered training in transferrable areas such as customer service, health and safety, safeguarding, leadership, organising, well-being and communication.
A typical week could involve service delivery to older adults all the way through to pre-school children – facilitating sports coaching, events management, carrying out administration duties, producing marketing materials and maintaining customer service.
Mentors provide guidance with CV writing, interview preparation, jobs research and developing presentation skills, building towards goals including national governing body qualifications, first aid certificates or any other mutually agreed development goals.
Outside of the Let’s Get Employed programme, LGS provide a range of sport and physical activity programmes, including weekly coaching sessions for only £3 per child.
Tennis, basketball, football and multi-sport classes are available across Dumfries and Galloway, while Curriculum for Excellence session plans are also designed and handed to local teachers.
LGS generate over half of their annual income, 60%, through enterprise activity, delivering physical activity and sport sessions to schools, local clubs, after school clubs, holiday camps and birthday parties.
The Let’s Get Employed programme is contracted with local housing associations and employability services.
The remaining 40% of their income comes in the shape of funding from the Robertson Trust and Holywood Trust.
LGS have supported over 150 young people into employment since 2012, with over 95% of people on the programme progressing to a positive destination.
In 2017, 31 out of 39 young people progressed into full time education or employment, while the other eight are still working with the programme.
LGS has supported the delivery of 20,000 hours of sport and physical activity sessions since 2012.
Four of LGS’s six full time staff started off on the Let’s Get Employed programme.