WorkingRite is a Scottish youth charity that offers a mentored work placement programme for the hardest to reach and most vulnerable 16-24 year olds in 13 regions of Scotland. The majority of these young people have left school with few or no qualifications and are typically unprepared for working life. Many have grown up in care or long-term unemployed households and have complex family backgrounds.

WorkingRite turns the futures of these young people around with a simple but effective programme that matches a young person to a business they are interested in and can relate to, where they are provided with an adult mentor who teaches them on the job and inspires them to succeed. Since 2011, 2,000 young people have completed the programme with 80% securing a job, apprenticeship or engaging with further education.

The charity has worked hard to secure a more stable funding base with a range of income sources including the businesses they work with and individual donations. They were able to demonstrate solid partnerships and a set of relevant skills amongst their Trustee Board. The charity submitted a thoughtful application to the Foundation to request core cost support to provide financial stability during a period of strategic growth to meet growing demand. The Trustees were happy to award a two year unrestricted grant.

“The support from Garfield Weston has led directly to new projects supporting young people with major barriers to employment. The development work needed to bring this growth in provision to the most disadvantaged needed funding at our core. We now have a robust model of work-based mentoring that can produce life changing results with those further removed from working life – and our charity’s profile and sustainability has been transformed.”  Sandy Campbell, Founder.