Community Jobs Scotland
Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) is an employability programme
aimed at supporting unemployed and vulnerable young people aged
16-24 into employment. CJS creates paid job training
opportunities through the Third Sector and is delivered by the
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) in partnership
with the Scottish Government.
The main features of CJS are:
- Full and part time job training opportunities for vulnerable
and disadvantaged young people, including care leavers and those
with a disability or long term health condition, aged 16-24.
- Eligibility from day 1 of unemployment with opportunities
lasting between 6 and 18 months for a minimum of 16 or 25 hours per
- Availability of opportunities across all 32 local authority
- Participants are paid at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW)
with the possibility of earning the higher Living Wage depending on
the third sector organisations circumstances.
- Extended employability support and job experience with the
option of additional training to enhancing longer term job
prospects and overall employability skills.
- Increases the capacity of the Third Sector by providing
financial support to host employers who deliver services to
communities across Scotland;
- Gives young people the opportunity to contribute to their local
Commencing in 2011 CJS has developed through each phase to
ensure that it provides the right level of support to young people
who face the most significant barriers to employment. Since
2011 the Scottish Government has invested over £35 million to help
CJS deliver more than 5,500 job training opportunities.
Published independent evaluations of CJS Phase 1 and CJS Phase 2 are available through this webpage.
The next evaluation will capture a wider range of outcomes and
learning outcomes as part of Phase 3 and the pilot programmes for
care leavers and young offenders as part of Phase 4. This
work is ongoing and is due for completion by July 2015.
On 25 February 2015 the First Minister announced further investment of
£6.1 million for Phase 5 of CJS in 2015/16. This will support
up to 1,000 job training opportunities and, as part of the Scottish
Government's commitment to implement the Developing Scotland's
Young Workforce recommendations, will include extended
opportunities lasting up to 12 month for young people from the most
vulnerable groups, including care leavers. Phase 5 also
includes support for third sector employers to pay CJS participants
the Living Wage where they already pay this to existing employees
for similar work and, where it is affordable, for those employers
who want to introduce that wage.
A helpful Q&A guidance document is available for
employers/employees or anyone else requiring advice or background
information on the programme. Further help and guidance on
applying to become a CJS employer or how to apply for a CJS
opportunity can be found at SCVO's website.