The Community Jobs Fund will create a further 1000 job opportunities for young people as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces more than £6m of funding to continue the scheme. The CJF has provided over 5000 young people with paid work experience in the third sector since its introduction in 2011. The fund is administered by SCVO who work with partners in the third sector to provide opportunities for young people that will contribute to the benefit of local communities. Extra help will be given to those who need it most, with a particular focus on care leavers, young disabled people and ex-offenders. The Scottish Government will ensure funding is made available to ensure that all those employed by the Community Jobs Fund will be paid the Living Wage.
The programme will deliver job training opportunities of at least 25 hours per week as follows:
- 300 for vulnerable young people (e.g. care leavers and ex-offenders);
- 150 for 16-17 year olds;
- 300 for 18-19 year olds;
- 150 for 20-24 year olds; and
- 100 for disabled young people.
The First Minister said:
“On the day I was sworn in as First Minister I set out my commitment to make sure that everyone in Scotland – no matter their background – has the best chance to get on in life.
“This £6.1 million investment will deliver over 1000 job opportunities for young people in Scotland who are, for one reason or another, struggling to find work. This funding will help to give them the training, skills and confidence to achieve what they want to in life.
“We have seen many success stories from this programme. This year, following recommendations on how to best develop our young workforce, we will offer additional support to those who need it most, such as care leavers.
“And importantly to ensure young people get a fair start in employment all of those taking part in the programme will have the opportunity to benefit from the Living Wage.”
Source: Scottish Government