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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.

Since 2011 the Scottish Government has invested more than £50 million in support of the programme which has now helped over 7,500 young people into paid 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.

Phase 7 (2017/18)
As announced by the First Minister on 22 February 2017 funding of £6.1 million for CJS Phase 7 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; 100 ring fenced places for those who have a disability or long term health condition; and 50 places for young people on Activity Agreement who are in a position to progress onto the CJS programme.  Phase 7 also continues support for CJS employers to implement the Scottish 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.