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Community Jobs Scotland


Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) is an early intervention employability programme that creates supported job training opportunities in the Third Sector for young people aged 16-29 who face the greatest barriers to entering employment.   CJS is delivered by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) in partnership with the Scottish Government.

As part of the commitment to better prepare young unemployed people who face barriers to employment the Scottish Government has invested almost £57 million in Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) since its inception in 2011, to create more than 8,400 job training opportunities across 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;
  • Opportunities are available from day 1 of unemployment and cover all 32 local authority areas.


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.  Evaluation of CJS Phases 4 and 5 will be commissioned during 2017/18  and will also look at the longer term outcomes and sustainability for the young people who have participated on the programme.

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.