Young Person's Guarantee
Employers are being given an added incentive to help a young person into sustainable employment through Scottish Government's 'No One Left Behind' strategy.
'No One Left Behind' continues to deliver the Scottish Government's commitment to target support at unemployed people with additional barriers, through its new Young Person's Guarantee programme.
The team provide 'Key Worker' support to clients to aid their progression as well as supporting businesses to create new opportunities for these clients with a financial incentive.
The incentive provides employers with a financial contribution to the additional costs of recruiting and sustaining a person in employment. It could be utilised in a number of ways including additional supervisory costs, training, initial travel to work costs or wages.
The aim is to encourage employers to recruit young people aged 16 - 24 into sustainable employment, including Modern Apprenticeships.
A payment of £4000 is available with an additional £500 also available where an employer pays the Living Wage. Timeline for release of funding to employers is as follows:
- at 4 weeks (£600) - no payment for less than 4 weeks
- at 13 weeks (£1400) - no pro rata payment between 4-13 weeks
- at 52 weeks (£2000) - no pro rata payment between 13-52 weeks
Employment offered must provide the participant with earnings of at least £8,000 per annum for the duration of the incentive period. The participant must also be offered at least 16 hours of work per week.