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16+ Learning Choices in West Lothian

Who can advise me? Pupils in schools will continue to receive support and advice from Pupil Support staff. Skills Development Scotland Careers Advisers work in partnership with schools to help pupils with career planning and researching. SDS Careers Advisors continue to offer information, advice and guidance to young people beyond school.

Where can I find out more? Customers with special requirements

Contact your (child’s) school or Skills Development Scotland if you want to discuss how 16+ Learning Choices will apply to you or your child. In West Lothian, Skills Development Scotland are based at: Careers Scotland Centre Cairngorm House Almondvale Boulevard Livingston EH54 6QN 01506 434249 www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk

Information is available in Braille, tape, large print and community languages. Please contact the interpretation and translation service on 01506 775000

Text phones offer the opportunity for people with a hearing impairment to access the council. The text phone number is 01506 464427. A loop system is also available in all offices. Published by West Lothian Council

A guide for young people, parents and carers


16+ Learning Choices in West Lothian What does this mean for young people? 16+ Learning Choices is a guaranteed offer of a place in learning for every young person who wants it and has reached their statutory school leaving date. Vulnerable young people who require more choices and more chances are given particular focus. This includes providing an enhanced school to post-school transition for all young people with additional support needs.

What is 16+ Learning Choices? 16+ Learning Choices is the Scottish Government’s model for helping young people stay in learning or training beyond their statutory school leaving date. The purpose of this is to improve their chances of finding and staying in work, improve their employability skills, prevent and reduce youth unemployment and support economic growth in Scotland.

What is an offer of post-16 learning? n Education in school n Full or part-time further education (college) n Full or part-time higher education (college or university) n National Training Programme eg Get Ready for Work, Skillseeker or Modern Apprenticeship n Employment (not a National Training Programme) n Personal Skills Development n Volunteering.

What will happen? A young person in school and approaching an eligible leaving date will be asked what they intend to do. Support will be given to either provide an appropriate course for that young person at school (S4, S5 or S6) or to research and apply for other learning opportunities, for example, college, training or employment. The school will record whether the young person stays on at school or leaves to continue their learning elsewhere and passes this information on to Skills Development Scotland. Should a young person’s circumstances change, Skills Development Scotland will be made aware and can offer information, advice and guidance.

16+ Learning Choices  

Information for young people