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Community Jobs Scotland

Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) is a programme aimed at helping long-term unemployed young people aged 16-19 into employment and is being delivered by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) in partnership with the Scottish Government.

The main features of CJS are:

  • A training opportunity in the third sector for a minimum of six months which allow participants to make a contribution to their communities;
  • Opportunities consist of at least 25 hours per week and are paid at the minimum wage;
  • Offers enhancement of longer term job prospects for participants through concrete job experience and job specific training;
  • Additional training and employability support;
  • Support for the third sector as it seeks to deliver services to communities across Scotland;
  • Opportunities are available across Scotland's 32 local authority areas.

In 2011-12, Phase one of CJS provided more than 1800 young people with work experience in the third sector and focussed on young people aged between 16-24 with those age 25+ also being eligible in areas of high unemployment.  An evaluation of the first phase of CJS is available here.

The Scottish Government provided a further £9million to deliver a second phase of CJS in 2012-13.  Phase 2 provided up to 1400 jobs for 16-19 year olds with an additional 100 part-time jobs for young people aged between 16-24 who are disabled or who have long-term health conditions.  The age criteria was also extended to 16-24 for vulnerable young people.  An evaluation of the second phase of CJS is available here.

In February 2013, the Minister for Youth Employment announced that an additional  £5.75 million would be invested in a third phase of CJS in 2013-14 to provide up to 1,000 jobs for  16-19 year olds, with a proportion ring-fenced for young people aged between 16-24 who are vulnerable or who have a disability or long-term health complaint.

In February 2014, the First Minister announced an additional £4 million, on top of the £2.1 million announced in the 2014/15 budget, for Phase 4 of the Community Jobs Scotland programme to deliver up to 1,400 job opportunities for young people, across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland.

Phase 4 has been launched with the call out for applications from employers now advertised on SCVO's website.  Closing date for applications is 28 May and full details can be found here.