Youth Employment Scotland Fund
Youth Employment Scotland Fund moves forward the Scottish
Government's commitment to help unemployed 16-29 year olds into
work (the age criteria was extended in August 2014). It builds on
measures which provide education and training to prepare young
people for employment.
Youth Employment Scotland funding will support recruitment
incentives for employers of small and medium sized business and
larger enterprises in the private sector; social enterprises and
Launched on 12 June 2013 the Youth Employment Scotland Fund will
create up to 10,000 job opportunities for young people.
This £25m package of support is an all Scotland approach to
tackling youth unemployment. The programme, which is delivered by
Local Authorities, provides financial support to employers for at
least 26 weeks which covers a minimum of half the salary costs at
the National Minimum Wage (NMW), ensuring that, from the start,
employers are making their own financial investment in employing
the young person.
The employment recruitment incentive schemes funded through the
Youth Employment Scotland Fund show innovative and collaborative
project working with employers to ensure that Scotland's young
people are given the best possible opportunities to employment and
a flourishing future.
Scotland has made good progress in improving youth employment
and underemployment of young people in recent years and this
employer recruitment incentive is a positive example of how working
in partnership builds confidence, creates real career
opportunities, and helps to secure positive futures for our young
Scottish Government was pleased to confirm that Youth Employment
Scotland Fund would continue to support young people from 1 January
2015 to 30 June 2015, through a co-investment model with Local
Authorities. However, not all Local Authority areas
participated in this phase of the programme.
From 1st July Scotland's Employer Retirement Incentive will
continue to deliver the Scottish Government's commitment to help
unemployed young people who are facing significant challenges. The
aim is to encourage employers to recruit young people aged 16-29
into sustainable employment, including Modern
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