1,000 new jobs for young people in third sector

1,000 new jobs for young people in third sector
Third Force News

COMMUNITY Jobs Scotland is set to be extended for another year, creating 1,000 new jobs for young people in Scottish third sector organisations.

An additional £6.3m Scottish Government funding will help Scottish charities and voluntary organisations provide six-month jobs to young people upto the age of 24.

The programme, which has been focusing on 16 to 19-year old school leavers will be extended to cover graduates and other young people in their early 20s, with a focus on young people with disabilities and long-term illness.

Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance made the announcement this morning at the Gathering, the two-day third sector annual event.

Speaking at the event, Constance said: “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. Extending the programme for anothher year will help hundreds more imporve their life chances through finding jobs.

“The time is right for those involved with Community Jobs Scotland to ensure our most vulnerable young people aged up to 24 can benefit from their expertise. Furthermore, a ring fenced budget for those with diasbailties and long term illness will help address the particular barriers they have accessing the labour market.”

Martin Sime, chief executive, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, which runs the Community Jobs Scotland programme on behalf of the third sector, added: “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 a job.

“Community Jobs Scotland proves that investing in young unemployed people through the third sector generates good results for everyone. With the right investment this model could be replicated across Scotland. Funding for the extra 1,000 jobs announced today is a good start but with thousands of young people facing long-term unemployment in Scotland there’s a lot more work to do.”

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% of those opportunities led to permanent jobs – 12 times the success rate of the UK Government’s Work Programme.