Nicola Sturgeon announces an extra £6m for SCVO scheme to create Scottish sector jobs

The funding for Community Jobs Scotland is intended to establish another 1,000 third sector job opportunities for young people

Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon

The Scottish government has awarded a further £6.1m to a scheme run by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations to create an additional 1,000 job opportunities for young people in third sector organisations.

Community Jobs Scotland, which was set up in 2011, has so far provided 5,546 paid jobs, lasting between six and 18 months, for 16 to 24-year-olds at 585 organisations in Scotland.

According to the SCVO, 54.5 per cent of participants moved into permanent roles, more than four-fifths of which were at their CJS employers.

Yesterday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced £6.1m extra investment in the scheme, taking the total for the programme to £30m.

"On the day I was sworn in as First Minister I set out my commitment to make sure that everyone in Scotland, no matter what their background, has the best chance to get on in life," said Sturgeon.

"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."

Among the 1,000 people taking on the placements will be 300 defined as "vulnerable", such as care leavers and ex-offenders, and 100 will have disabilities.

Sturgeon said that CJS employers would be given support to pay the living wage, which the Scottish Living Wage Campaign sets at £7.85 an hour.

Martin Sime, chief executive of the SCVO, said: "By investing in young people – including young offenders, young people with disabilities and long-term health conditions, and care leavers – Community Jobs Scotland ensures that they don’t only get the extra support they need to find work but they also gain first-hand experience of making a real difference to other people’s lives."

In a 2011 interview with Third Sector, Sime said that in its first year CJS had "comprehensively outperformed" the UK government’s Work Programme.

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