Robert steps up at Careers Week

“If it wasn’t for the programme, I don’t think I would be in the job that I am in,” these were the words of former Stepping Up pupil, Robert, as part of a countrywide event during Careers Week.

The former Stepping Up pupil spoke of the support he received during his time at school which has carried on into his career. Robert worked with the ENABLE team to gain a qualification in hospitality and built his CV helping him to secure employment.

Already, the work of the Stepping Up programme has successfully helped more than 2267 young people since its launch, of which 98% of those have reached a positive destination – higher than the current school leavers statistics; 625 have achieved paid employment and it has supported 2267 young people into work placements.  

Director of ENABLE Works, Ashley Ryan, said:

We were delighted to support the event and to speak with young people, parents, guardians and schools supporting them to make the next steps in their journey from school to adulthood. 

Working in partnership with schools, Stepping Up provides specialist support which increases the aspirations of the young people who engage in the programme. It prepares them for life after school by providing opportunities to explore the world of work and supports them to compete for jobs by gaining the skills employers value. Our team also work with employers across Scotland on how best to engage with this future talent pool supporting them to create a truly diverse workforce. We look forward to highlighting the successes of our Stepping Up graduates across Scotland and are ready to continue to support those who need us to achieve the right destination for them.

Emma Smart from ENABLE Works joined speakers including the Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Jamie Hepburn MSP, Michelle Fenwick, Head of National Projects for Developing the Young Workforce, and Ian Simon, a DYW Co-ordinator in schools.

The full video is available here – Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Event (SBPE) 2021 – YouTube


The campaign is run in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), the Scottish Careers Service and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to help prepare young people for the world of work.  Stepping Up allows young people the space to build, explore and raise their aspirations for the future with the aim of achieving an accredited qualification and a positive destination upon leaving school. 

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