Rathbone Training deliver training programmes to over 5,000 young people across the UK per year, suitable for young people aged 16 years old and above to gain the qualifications, skills and experience that employers seek. 

We believe that every young person can learn, given the right opportunity, and we have a programme that is right for you. Whether that’s an engagement or employability programme, a traineeship or an apprenticeship, we will work with you to find out what you need.

Youth Engagement

We work in local communities to deliver programmes that support young people like you to set goals for the future, improve self-esteem, feel safe, enjoy success, re-engage with learning, connect with friends, and improve mental health and well being.

Our skilled youth workers and tutors have lots of experience of creating positive experiences for young people and delivering high energy programmes that help you bounce back from challenges in your life, develop your life skills such as money management and cooking, and plan your own social action projects.

The activities are fun and offer lots of opportunities to learn through art, drama, sport and music and give you plenty of opportunities to find your path in life and find your passion.


Our employability programmes support you to gain qualifications and the work experience you need to move into an apprenticeship, employment or to continue studying. It may be that you need maths & English qualifications, an entry-level qualification in your chosen field of work or to build your confidence for success at interview.

Either way, we have lots of learning opportunities to help you succeed!

Rathbone Training Scotland Employability Programme Overview


Traineeships are aimed at young people aged 16 to 18 who have just left school, are unemployed and not in formal training or education.

Completing a traineeship gives you essential work experience to add to your CV. At the end of your traineeship, your work placement will interview you and potentially offer you a full time role. If not, we'll work with you to secure an apprenticeship or paid work.


Apprenticeships give you the chance to gain valuable qualifications and experience, whilst getting paid at the same time. You will work for an employer and we will support you to gain the qualifications or standards needed to become qualified in your chosen area of work.

Building Better Opportunities

Rathbone Training is a delivery partner in the Invest in Youth project (Lancashire), and the Brighter Futures project (Leicestershire), which are both part of the nationwide Building Better Opportunities (BBO) Programme. This project is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund and aims to tackle the poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England. The projects aim to transform the futures of people who have issues in their lives that are getting in the way of them finding employment.

Under this project, participants receive intensive support from Key Workers and Community Coaches to be able to engage in work readiness activity. Following an initial assessment of each participant’s interests and the barriers they face around entering work or further learning, the participants are guided to achieve milestones agreed within their personal action plan.

For details about Invest in Youth or Brighter Futures, please contact steve.peters@rathboneuk.org who will be able to answer any initial queries and signpost you to the relevant support.

Fair Start Scotland

Fair Start Scotland is the new employment support service which will gives you flexibility and takes into account your personal circumstances, supporting you to remove any barriers you may have that may be stopping you from finding a job.

By taking part you will get:
• a dedicated personal adviser with you every step of the way
• a personalised action plan to help you meet your goals
• support to help you build on your existing skills and attributes to develop a CV
• help with searching and applying for jobs
• help with preparing for an interview
• access to specialist support
• access to training
• the opportunity to take part in work trials and work placements
• help in finding the right job for you
• an in-work support package for up to 12 months depending on your circumstances.

So why is Fair Start Scotland different to other work-related services?
• You get to decide whether you want to take part – it’s your choice
• You’ll have the flexibility you need to help you get the right skills and help you move forward
• We’ll listen and take into account your circumstances, support you to remove any barriers you may have to finding a job that’s right for you
• We’ll tailor the service to meet your needs
• You’ll have the opportunity to enhance the skills and experience you already have to prepare you for work

If you're interested in taking part in Fair Start Scotland, get in touch on the Register Interest form below. 

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