Year of Young People: The Role of Social Firms

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Executive Summary

In the Year of Young People, the aim of this briefing is to showcase how Work Integration Social Enterprises support some of Scotland’s most vulnerable and socially excluded young people on their transition into work.

Year of Young People 2018 aims to inspire Scotland through its young people, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contribution to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally.

It is a platform for young people (8 to 26), to give them a stronger voice on issues which affect their lives, showcase their ideas and talents, and ultimately, aim to challenge status quo and create a more positive perception of them in society.

This Briefing Paper focuses on Social Firms which specifically create pathways to work and real jobs for young people furthest from the labour market.


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Case Studies

YES Works is an award recognised Social Firm that delivers premium quality landscape gardening services to local authorities, housing associations, businesses as well as private homes in the West of Scotland.

FareShare Glasgow and West of Scotland (FSGWS) works with the food/drink industry to minimise good quality food going to waste, redistributing it to organisations working with the most vulnerable people. As part of the business, FSGWS offers a variety of employability training courses, within a live working environment.

Stirling Community Enterprise (SCE) specialises in high amenity road and footpath reinstatement and repair works; in addition to ground care and facility management contracts. This allows local people to access regular volunteering and SCE to create paid employment.