Skip to main content
Generate PDF
Bookmark and Share

Community Jobs Scotland

Background
Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) is an employability programme aimed at supporting unemployed and vulnerable young people aged 16-29 into paid job training opportunities through the Third Sector.  CJS is delivered by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) in partnership with the Scottish Government.

Since 2011 the Scottish Government has invested more than £40 million in support of the programme which has now created over 6,500 6,000 job training opportunities across the whole of Scotland.

Main Features

  • Supports vulnerable unemployed young people aged 16-29 who face particular barriers to employment. 
  • Up to 12 months of job training with a third sector employer for at least 25 hours per week full time.  Part time opportunities are available lasting up to 18 months for 16 hours per week for those with a disability or long term health condition.
  • Paid at least the NMW but funding supports CJS employers to pay the Scottish Living Wage were it is already paid to existing employees or where they want to introduce that salary for CJS employees and can afford to do so.;
  • Enhancement of longer term job prospects through concrete job experience, job specific training, additional training and employability support;
  • Increased capacity of third sector organisations through the financial support to host employers in delivering services to communities across Scotland;
  • Opportunities are available from day 1 of unemployment and cover all 32 local authority areas.

Evaluation
Published evaluations of CJS are available for Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 and Phase 4 pilot programmes for care leavers and young people with convictions.  Outcomes for Phase 1 confirm a positive outcome rate of 57%, with 42% moving onto time employment.  For Phase 2 positive outcomes were 70.3%, with 54.5% moving onto employment. Outcomes from Phase 3 confirm a positive outcome rate of 68.7%, with 56.4% moving into employment.  A further evaluation of CJS will be commissioned during 2016/17 and will provide analysis of longer term outcomes and sustainability for the young people who have participated on the programme.

Phase 6 (2016/17)
As announced by the First Minister on 17 February 2016 funding of £6.1 million for CJS Phase 6 to create up to 700 job training opportunities with support for up to 12 months for young people aged 16-29. This includes opportunities specifically focused on the Developing the Young Workforce: Scotland's Youth Employment Strategy recommendations to support young people who are historically the hardest to reach including care experienced, young people with criminal convictions, carers, military early service leavers (ESL's); 100 ring fenced places for those who have a disability or long term health condition; and 100 places for young people progressing on from a pilot of pre CJS work experience opportunities and continuation of the Living 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.