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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.

After the success of the Youth Employment Scotland Fund Q&A document a Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) Q&A has now been drafted as a helpful reference paper for employers and employees or anyone else looking for advice or background to the CJS Fund.