Live My Future


• Are you aged 16 – 26?
• Have you left school and are currently unemployed and not in training or further education?
• Are you a motivated, enthusiastic and reliable individual who would you like to improve their career options within the sport, leisure or cultural industries?
• Would you like to earn money while gaining new skills and qualifications?
• Are you available Monday – Friday, 10:00 to 17:00, between the March 4 and  June 21 2019?
• If you answered yes to each of the above then LIVE My Future is the employability programme for you!

Aim of the programme

The aim of Live My Future is to take up to 10 young people (aged 16 to 26) who are not currently in education, employment or further training through a tailored 16-week program in order to upskill them and prepare them to step into employment or further education.

How will LIVE My Future benefit me?

• Gain nationally recognised and industry specific qualifications. These may include Emergency First Aid, National Governing Body Coaching Qualifications, a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification or a Gym Instructor Award.
• Gain experience of:
1. Coaching sport and physical activity sessions to children and young people
2. Lifeguarding, gym and fitness class instruction and the day to management of a Live Borders site
3. Planning and delivering small to large scale events within the sport, leisure and cultural industry
4. Working front of house at a Live Borders venue, serving and dealing with the public
• Achieve the Certificate of Work Readiness which includes a formal written reference from Live Borders
• Receive £55 per week and have your travel to/from placements covered for the duration of the 16-week program
• Possible progression into employment with Live Borders
• Greatly improve overall career prospects as well as your confidence and self-esteem

What does LIVE My Future involve?

Weeks 1 – 4:  Monday, 4 March – Friday, 29 March

All candidates complete a Level 5 qualification in sports leadership. During this course they will all also complete Emergency First Aid at Work and Child Protection. T

he sports leadership course will be delivered by Borders College Lecturer Karl Lamont on Monday and Wednesday throughout March. Active Schools will also deliver sections of the course on Tuesday and Friday. Emergency First Aid at Work, Child Protection will be delivered on some of those Tuesday and Friday.

As part of the project all candidates will also work towards gaining a Certificate of Readiness for Work (SQA accredited qualification). Debra Tracy from Direct Partners will work through the preparatory modules for this qualification with the candidates during the four Thursdays in March.

Weeks 5 & 6: Monday, 1 April – Friday, 12 April

All candidates will support Live Borders Easter Holiday Programmes Monday to Friday. They will attend the nearest programme and offer support as required.

During these weeks, candidates will also receive an induction for the 10-week long placement they will move into following the Easter Holidays. Candidates will have chosen one of four pathways to follow during weeks 1 to 4. The pathways on offer are as follows:

1. Coaching:  This will involve four two-week long placements around Active Schools, Health and Exercise Referral, Sports Development and Play. Candidates will then choose a department to spend their final two weeks in.
2. Operations: This will involve candidates working within their nearest Live Borders site, gaining experience of and supporting all of the day to day activities on offer for example: front of house, lifeguarding and gym/class instruction.

3.  Events/Hospitality: This will involve work within venues such as Heart of Hawick, Teviotdale Leisure Centre Café and Harestanes. It will also involve work with our Events Coordinator – helping to plan and deliver small to large scale events within the Scottish Borders. 

4.  Creative and Connected Communities: This will involve candidates supporting the day to day running of achieves, galleries, libraries and or museums during the course of the 10 weeks.

Each of these pathways will involve a tailored Career-long Professional Development (CPD) offering. For example, any candidate on the operations pathway would be put on an National Pool Lifeguard Qualification course. During Easter candidates will attend any pathway specific CPD opportunities that are available.

Weeks 7 to 16: Monday, 15 April to Friday, 21 June

This 10-week period will see candidates working within their chosen pathways and attending relevant CPD opportunities. Each candidate will have a designated Live Borders mentor for the duration of their placement.
The mentor will be a Live Borders staff member working within the department/venue that the candidate is attending. Debra Tracy will also meet with each of the candidates on a one-on-one basis on at least two occasions during the 10-week placement in order to find out how they are getting on and make sure CRW paperwork is up to date.

Further information

For further information on the program please contact Ewan Lindores (Program Lead) on 07881249332 or

Applications open Monday, 7 January and close at 17:00 on Friday, 1 February 2019. 

How to apply
• Applicants must complete a Live My Future application form and provide a copy of their current CV.
• The application form is found in the download section to the right of this page.
• Completed applications and CVs to be sent by email or post to Emily Ho:

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Emily Ho    
Direct Partners
16 Rutland Square