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North Ayrshire’s Young Persons Guarantee

Working North Ayrshire includes a wide range of local partners delivering all young people, aged 16 to 24, living in North Ayrshire an offer of:

Sign up today to start your journey. 


If you are looking for a job, there are a range of vacancies in North Ayrshire updated everyday.

If you are looking for a Modern Apprenticeship, there are a range of MA and Graduate vacancies in Ayrshire. 

Have you considered working for North Ayrshire Council or NHS Ayrshire & Arran

We are currently recruiting unemployed young people to attend a programme delivered by North Ayrshire’s Working Youth Hub, secure your place and you next move, complete the online enquiry form and we will be in touch.

Completing your application or creating a successful CV is important to ensure you are invited for interview, we can offer support to help you find and secure your next move.


Ayrshire college has a range of opportunities to support you to gain a qualification. You can search the range of courses available.


With over 4,500 courses in more than 150 subject groupings at undergraduate and postgraduate level, you are bound to find what you are looking for at one of Scotland's universities. Browse the Universities Scotland brochure for a brief summary of what each institution has to offer.

Open University

There are also lots of opportunities for distance learning with the Open University.


Find out about specific training available locally for the following sectors and many more:

  • Construction
  • Care
  • Customer service
  • Retail
  • Admin
  • Logistics/ warehousing


Find out about the right volunteering opportunity for you with The Ayrshire Community Trust's (TACT) Saltire Awards.

Career Options

Leaving School

North Ayrshire Council are committed to helping young people make a positive transition from school.

Usually, the options are:

  • Go to university or college
  • Get a job
  • Go into a training programme
  • Get an apprenticeship

Looking for your next move

If you are not sure what the best choice is for you there is lots of support available to help you make the right choice.

Youth Support Services 

Young Scot

To get information on things that affect youngsters in North Ayrshire. Visit Young Scot to learn about relationships, exams, health, rights, money and more.

Support Agencies and links

Skills Development Scotland careers advisers support you to make confident and informed decisions about your future career aspirations. Support is also available to help you apply for jobs, complete application forms, prepare for interviews and create your CV.

My World of Work - provides expert information and advice with activities and tools to help you identify opportunities open to you. 

Find out about Apprenticeships, what they are, the different types, and opportunities in your area. There are also Modern Apprenticeship opportunities within the Council. 

If you think you're not quite ready for work, or not sure what type of work you'd like, why don't you try volunteering? Find out about local opportunities. 

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) work with you to help identify and progress your career goals and can also offer work experience with local organisations and businesses. 

Kickstart is a programme for young people aged between 16 and 24, who are claiming Universal Credit. We have an excellent Kickstart Programme in North Ayrshire with many vacancies available across a broad range of disciplines. For more information contact your DWP work coach or youthguaranteeenquiries@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Employer incentives

If you are a North Ayrshire business interested or considering employing a young person, please contact: youthguaranteeenquiries@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

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