New learning opportunities

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YOUNG people who are taking part in 16+ Learning Choices activities in Angus now have the opportunity to undertake a dynamic new employability programme ‘RAT-NAV™’.

Delivered in partnership between Developing Nation and Angus Council 16+ Learning Choices the programme has been specifically designed for maximum effect and benefit to participants who want to effect change in their lives and enter the labour market or further education.

Over the last 10 weeks, eight young people from Angus have been attending the course two days per week at Arbroath Library.

Catriona Anderson, one of the participants, has already seen a change in her mind-set. She said: “We have learned that we are responsible for our own choices and we can’t respect others until we respect ourselves. When I started RAT-NAV I was very shy around new people so much that I would clam up and I wasn’t very confident either but now I have belief in myself.

“Through RAT-NAV we have started up our own social enterprise called Babies Born with Addiction aimed at raising awareness of babies who are born already addicted to harmful substances.”

16+ Learning Choices is a national initiative to ensure that all young people leaving school have the opportunity to continue their learning past compulsory education.