This brand new project will work with young people aged  between 16 and 24 who are not in employment, education or training (NEET).

With local unemployment rates in Pilton at 8.4% compared with the rest of Edinburgh at 3.9%, the young people involved in this unique community project are amongst the 5% most deprived in Scotland.

Transforming Communities

We will work with two groups of fifteen young people, empowering them to set up and run their own co-operative business. They will learn about the history of the co-operative movement and how it has transformed the lives of millions of people across the world and gain a greater understanding of marketing, finance and develop employability skills including customer service and sales. They will also gain the support of a mentor to help them during the project.

What's involved

A series of engaging activities will take place once a week (either during an afternoon or evening session) at Pilton Youth and Children’s Centre, equipping young people with the skills needed to gain enterprise and employability skills.

Young people will;

  • Gain a deep understanding of co-operative values and practices,
  • Set up their own “co-operative” taking action to tackle any problems they collectively identify in their local community
  • Work with a mentor from a local co-operative to help them during the project with the development of their ideas and gain insight into what is needed in the workplace
  • Gain confidence and skills to take into their working life, boosting their local community
  • Have the opportunity to achieve an ASDAN Award in enterprise.

Our partners

We've partnered with Pilton Youth & Children's Centre. Read all about them via the button below.

Pilton Youth & Children’s Centre

This project has been made possible thanks to the RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund