GCVS is delighted that more young people are set to benefit from a further £1.3m employment support, as the Scottish Government announces plans to extend the Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) programme to benefit more young people.

CJS, administered by SCVO, provides third sector jobs for young people to help them gain the type of work experience they need and which employers are looking for.

GCVS, a keen supporter of CJS, currently employs 3 young people who first arrived in our organisation through the job creation scheme and who are now an integral part of the team here.

Our Admin Assistant, Ryan Robertson, 17, from Parkhead said:

“Before GCVS I had never been employed, it was my first ever job after I decided to leave college in November, then joining them in February 2015. I went to my careers advisor called Katie, and she helped me search and apply for jobs regularly. It was the very first job I applied for and I genuinely never thought I had a chance, only because I never knew what community jobs Scotland was like. I got an interview and got told a few days later I was successful. I love working for GCVS I’ve learned so much you don’t learn in school or college it’s been a very good experience.”

Debbie Ray, our HR Administrator who is 25 and from Maryhill said:

“Taking a break from university, I sought to explore possible career interests. I wanted to do something meaningful and at the same time skill-building. With little experience in the working world, I found it very difficult to get a job but Community Jobs Scotland has been rewarding, helping me gain experience and develop my knowledge and skills. Fortunately, I was offered employment after the 6 month CJS programme. I’m enjoying working for GCVS, I’ve met lovely people and I now have the door open to a world of opportunity.”

Since the scheme’s creation, thousands of young people have gained experience and many have gone on to take jobs in Scotland’s third sector.

This new funding will create an additional 100 places to support early leavers from the forces and 25-29 year olds with convictions, for up to 12 months.  The age range at which people from vulnerable groups, such as young people with disabilities or those leaving care, can access the programme will also be extended to age 29.

Our Junior Administrator, Marc Gillis, who is 25 and from Giffnock said:

Community Jobs has been my life saver.  It has given me a reason to get out of bed and changed my perspective of the working world.

I was employed through the Community jobs Fund as the HR Admin Assistant and I learned a lot in that period of 6 months, gaining new skills and experience within the third sector with GCVS.  When I finished I offered to volunteer to further my experience, then I got a post as Junior HR Administrator, because of all my hard work.  I have worked in lots of areas in GCVS and I feel that the work I do makes a difference to the functionality of the organisation as a whole.  My current job title is:  Central Services & Facilities Junior Administrator

You can find out more about Community Jobs Scotland, including how to apply if you are an organisation, or a young person looking for work here.

Source: Scottish Government


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