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
Young people completed Hatch in 2023, building their skills and confidence, and earning a wage
Young people offered a permanent job after their placement


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. 2024 will be the second year we have run Hatch.

How does it work?

Young people take part in 16 hours 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 five courses running in 2024 in different locations and on the dates below:

  • 22nd – 24th April – Glasgow and the surrounding areas – book through Eventbrite now
  • 10th – 11th June – Stirling University (delivered as a residential and serving all Scotland placement regions)
  • 22nd – 24th July – Glasgow
  • 24th – 25th August – Stirling University (delivered as a residential and serving all Scotland placement regions)
  • 7th – 9th October – Glasgow, Edinburgh and the surrounding areas

After the training, young people will start a paid work experience placement with KFC or another provider. The placements last four weeks, 13 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... 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.

2023 Hatch participant

“Confidence is the biggest change I’ve seen for myself. I still close down at times, but I am able to open back up. Before the residential I was nervous, constantly listening to music, looking down at the floor. In the room [at the residential] I was a bit timid at times but then began showing my inner self and showing what I could do. I told myself just go for it!”

2023 Hatch participant

Hatch 2024 poster

Hatch 2024 Poster

Find out more

We will release Eventbrite pages for the Hatch events in due course, and this page will be updated. In the mean time, if you have questions about the programme, please contact eloise.acland@youthscotland.org.uk

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Other Programmes

Find out more about our other programmes on the link below.