Young people - support available from East Lothian Works

The jump from school to the world of work and further education and training can seem daunting.

East Lothian Works will support you if you have left school and need advice to help guide you through your next stage.  

Our team are fully equipped to support you whether you: 

  • need help applying for jobs 
  • want to stay in education and go on to college or university 
  • want to secure an apprenticeship or volunteer 

Still in school?  

Your journey to work starts in school. We have a mentoring programme for young people in S2-S6 as well as have prevocational programmes for secondary school students to help you develop social and practical skills and prepare you for life beyond school. The programmes are designed to help you gain valuable life skills that will help towards employment or a place in college or university. 

Support if you're still in school:

College transition support:

This is offered to young people before, during and after their transition from school to college. The support is tailored to suit each individual and is varied:

  • help with college applications
  • visits to college to ensure the pupils are confident with the transition
  • support with college interviews
  • ongoing support as required once you have started your college course

School College Partnership (SCP):

The School to College Partnership programme gives pupils the opportunity to participate in a wide range of exciting, college based, vocational courses during their Senior Phase (S4-S6).

Doing a college course while still at school provides you with additional skills and experiences that can boost your employment prospects and enhance your CV for college/university/employment applications.

Some of the courses include work placements to complement your studies, offering more post-school choices, which can set you on a pathway to a rewarding career. Some courses will help you get fast track entry into the second year of university or college.

Pupils attend Edinburgh College's Milton Road or Midlothian campus and transport is provided for the courses co-ordinated by East Lothian Works. Open learning courses will be available to complete in your own time via online learning.

Applications for SCP courses open at the same time as course choosing each year and you should discuss your choice with your guidance teacher before applying.

Case studies

Read about some young people we have supported