AMBITION for Employment in South Ayrshire
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Our AMBITION programme offers a range of programmes to support young people and adults into employment. 

Employer Recruitment Incentives

South Ayrshire Council can offer recruitment incentives for over 250 young people who reside in South Ayrshire:

6 month wage subsidy for those aged 16-29
Supports a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 40 hours per week
A flexible pre-employment and in-work support programme to support young people to access and sustain employment opportunities
Supports small and medium sized businesses across Ayrshire to help recruit the right individual

For further information contact 01292 612301 or

Work Out!

The Work Out! programme provides supported vocational placements to young people in S4-S6 in a range of occupational areas across the council, community planning partners and local businesses.

Activity Agreements

Activity Agreements provide flexible packages of learning and support, targeted at young people aged 16-19 taking their first steps towards employment and  training.  The programme engages young people on a range of activities such as confdence building, group work, vocational tasters and one to one support.

Employability Fund

The Skills Development Scotland funded programme provides young people aged 16-19 with support to develop work readinesss skills through the provision of employability training and work placements.

Modern Apprenticeships

South Ayrshire Council supports an ambitious Modern Apprenticeship programme to young people between the ages of 16-19, with around 80 opportunities within the council each year.  Occupational areas include Business and Administration, Social Services and Health Care, Construction, Sustainable Resource Management and Amenity Horticulture

Youth Employment Hub

Employability providers in South Ayrshire offer a drop in service for young people seeking support to progress to employment, training and learning.  Youth Employment Hubs have been set up in:

Z1 Youth Bar, Dalrymple Street, Girvan – Monday 1.30 – 3.30pm
Job Centre Plus, John Street, Ayr – Wednesday 1.30 – 3.30pm