Key to Work

Key to Work is an early intervention service for young people aged 14 – 17 living in Edinburgh who are disengaging from mainstream school provision.

We work with schools and activity agreement hubs to offer an 8-week programme of small group, work experience taster sessions at one of our partner services; Cyrenians Farm, Creative Natives, Cyrenians Cook School, and Edinburgh Zoo. We facilitate half-day sessions over a 6-week period, as well as an orientation in week 1 and an employability skills session in week 8

Through working with our project, we aim to help young people feel:

  • More prepared in their transition from school
  • More confident to try new things
  • More confident in building relationships

“Their attendance at the Cyrenians farm has had a profound impact both on their attendance at school but also on their plans and confidence for the future…They are now so much more confident working both as a group and with different adults as well as being able to travel independently - all of them are now talking excitedly of what college courses that they would like to do next year and beyond”.

- Support teacher

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