Activity Agreement Evaluation
Results of the pilots of the “activity agreement” aimed at attracting more young people to education, employment or training. There are a number of boys coming out of school who may not achieve a positive goal. By regularly contacting school leaders and thinkers, young people who are confronted with formal learning and who are at risk of getting by completely are identified as potential candidates for activity agreements. Intervention in the activity agreement can be decisive in reintegrating them and linking them to training providers, continuing education or employers for future progress. In this evaluation, the pilots of the activity agreement were examined from a number of points of view: by signing an agreement, the boy agreed to participate in a number of activities (intended to help them move to a job, general or vocational training) in exchange for an allowance. The agreements were tested in eight areas between April 2006 and March 2008. Young people are offered a set of personalized activities that meet their needs in order to reintegrate them and lead them to more formal learning, training or employment. The involvement of a number of partners, including SDS and local employers, complemented by the role of “trusted professional” as a mentor and advisor to youth, is critical to the success of the program. Activity agreements are aimed at young people who decide to take formal training or training or who are disconnected from formal training. Young people are asked about their individual learning trips and how they can be helped in other learning, training or employment opportunities through the activity agreement program. East Ayrshire`s approach calls for the participation of progress partners from the start of each block of programmes. This approach allows partners to build relationships with young people who are confronted with formal learning and training. This can be used if they move from the Assistantd Agreements (AA) program to training, continuing education or employability.
It could be repeated elsewhere and shows the importance of an effective partnership that improves to improve the outcomes of young people at risk of withdrawal.