Join us on 1 November to explore the incredible impact of youth work through stats and stories – sign up for this year’s National Youth Work Conference.


Youth work plays a key role across the employability landscape. Youth workers support young people in schools, communities and post-school contexts, developing the young workforce throughout their learner journey. 

Youth worker and young person give the thumbs up

“Youth work is by far the best approach to supporting young people into employment. By developing caring relationships and walking ‘alongside’ young people on their journey through life, we empower them to overcome barriers and support them to believe in themselves and their future.”

Youth Worker

In May 2022 YouthLink Scotland published Youth work and employability – an audit. This highlights youth work’s reach across the landscape, including:

• Young Person’s Guarantee (YPG)
• No One Left Behind (NOLB), Employability Fund, Kickstart programmes and support
• Provision of other 16+ employability programmes or support
• Targeted early intervention for 12-15 year olds
• Developing the Young Workforce (DYW)

YouthLink Scotland works with our members to ensure youth work is understood and valued across the employability and skills ecosystem. Recently this has included promoting and supporting the sector’s role in Scotland’s careers services. Read the Career Review’s final report for more information.

Case studies

Recent examples of youth work that supports young people to build their readiness for work

Recent Employability Publications

Youth work sector and policy publications connected to employability

Contact Us

Please don't hesitate to contact Marielle Bruce or Gill Gracie for more information, advice or practical support in your setting.