The Scottish government has promised to extend the life of Community Jobs Scotland for a year with a grant of £5.75m.
Run by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and funded by the Scottish government, the programme helps young people into sustainable employment by providing paid work placements at third sector organisations.
Announcing the news yesterday at The Gathering, an SCVO event in Glasgow, Angela Constance, the Scottish government’s youth employment minister, said that 10 per cent of the new funding would be ring-fenced for young people with disabilities and long-term illnesses.
In addition to the £8.5m already given to the scheme for 2012/13, said Constance, a further £550,000 would be provided up to the end of the 2012/13 financial year to help it find jobs for young people with disabilities and long-term illnesses.
"Community Jobs Scotland has played a pivotal role in delivering Opportunities for All, our unique guarantee of an offer of a place in training or education for 16 to 19-year-olds," said Constance. "Extending the programme for another year will help hundreds more improve their life chances through finding jobs."
Martin Sime, chief executive of the SCVO, said: "This is great news for third sector organisations and the 1,000 young unemployed people across Scotland who will receive the break they so badly need – a real, paid job. It's particularly encouraging that provision is being made for our most vulnerable young people, who face big barriers to finding jobs.
"The Community Jobs Scotland programme has already created jobs in charities and other third sector organisations for more than 2,650 young unemployed people. More than 40 per cent of those opportunities have led to permanent jobs – 12 times the success rate of the Work Programme."