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Young people: Employability

Creative PathwaysCreative Pathways

Creative Pathways is our creative employability programme. It is aimed at people aged 16-24 who aren't involved in education, employment or training. Through the programme, young people are engaged full-time with Impact Arts’ dedicated and inspiring tutors. Creative programmes include: Environmental Design, Product Design, Fashion and Theatre Arts, and are all SQA/Arts Awards accredited. We can also offer work in schools to support children at risk of disengaging or engage those not involved in exams.

Creative Pathways helps young people:

More than 80% of our young people move into further education, jobs or training.

Get involved:

To find out what Creative Pathways programmes are currently running, please visit the Join a Project section of our website.

Connect 2Connect2

Connect2 is a partnership Stage 1 employability programme for young people in Glasgow delivered by Impact Arts, Move On and Fare. The programme consists of two models, one for school leavers and one based in schools.

School leavers:

Connect2 works with groups of young people aged 16-19 who are unemployed or disengaged from school and facing barriers to progress positively in their lives. The programme provides intensive support to develop life skills which enables young people to take the next steps to progress positively in their lives.

Connect2 comprises a range of taster sessions designed to increase young people’s personal development and core skills. These include confidence building, problem solving, conflict resolution, community challenge and employability. By setting realistic goals and creating individual action plans to help achieve these, young people are fully supported in their journey of progression. Throughout the project, participants will also works towards a Bronze Youth Achievement Award.

The programme runs three days per week from 10am–3pm for eight weeks and is delivered in various locations across Glasgow, including the Prince’s Trust Wolfson Centre in the Gorbals and FARE Scotland’s office in the East End. Young people are provided with a bus pass and lunch expenses. Eligible young people are also supported to access Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) of £30 per week.

School based programme:

Connect2 is also able to offer delivery in secondary schools in Glasgow and the west of Scotland for those at risk of disengaging from school with no formal qualifications or skills to sustain further education, training or employment. The eight week programme runs two days per week within the school timetable, with workshops covering employability skills, team building, conflict resolution and building resilience.

In addition, participants gain practical experience in a real working environment, and can gain SCQF-accredited certification in Health and Safety, First Aid, Food Hygiene, and Manual Handling, as well as a Dynamic Youth or Youth Achievement Award.

Get involved:

Please contact Jamie Proudfoot on 0141 575 3001 or email

Connect 2 is funded through Building Brighter Futures Fund:

To find our more about our delivery partners visit their websites here:

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