An employability programme for young people aged 16-25 who want to take their next steps into employment.

A header with Youth Scotland, UK Youth and KFC's logos. Beneath a delighted group hold up their certificates of completion


Hatch is an employability programme run by Youth Scotland in partnership with UK Youth and KFC. Hatch is for young people aged 16 – 25 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or at risk of being NEET.

How does it work?

Young people take part in three days of employment skills workshops. The workshops cover aiming high, preparing for work, doing applications, what you are passionate about, and more. The training is delivered by Youth Scotland staff, and filled with interactive games and activities to keep energy high. There will be four courses running in Autumn in different locations and on the dates below:

After the training, young people will start a paid work experience placement with KFC or another provider. The placements last four weeks, 16 hours a week. Once placements are complete, young people will have the opportunity to interview for a job at KFC, with a real chance of getting hired.

'There are loads of barriers I faced when looking for employment. Prior to the Hatch programme, I’d spent two years trying to find a job that worked for me and my disability. The cost-of-living crisis had made the situation even worse, which made me feel anxious about my future and ability to find a job. However, my experience on the Hatch programme has been really positive and helped me to manage my mental health. The training has grown my confidence, and it’s been great to meet so many other young people working at KFC – I feel like I’ve made friends for life! Since completing the Hatch programme, I’ve been given a permanent part-time job at KFC, which is supporting me financially whilst I continue to study at college.'

June Hatch participant

Find out more

To book a place on Hatch, please go to the Eventbrite page for the event you want to attend (links above). If you have questions about the programme, please contact eloise.acland@youthscotland.org.uk

Hatch information

Hatch Autumn Poster
Four young people stand in front of a colourful outdoor wall mural. The young people are all wearing matching white lanyards; two wear matching pink polo shirts and two wear matching black sweatshirts.

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