Over 1000 new jobs for voluntary sector
SCOTTISH voluntary organisations are to provide more than one thousand jobs to help combat youth unemployment over the next six months, after winning a massive government employment contract worth at least £6.5m.
The Scottish Voluntary Sector consortium has won one of the UK’s biggest contracts to provide jobs under the Future Jobs Fund, designed to create socially responsible positions for young people and the long-term unemployed.
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) coordinated the bid for 5,500 jobs across two years in areas such as the environment, sports, social care, charity finance and administration.
This week’s announcement covers the first six months of the £1bn Future Jobs Fund programme and includes a total investment of £20m in Scottish jobs.
The government has announced 47,000 jobs across the UK, including around 2,800 in Scotland with voluntary organisations, the Scottish Forestry Commission and 15 local authorities. It is expected 15,000 jobs will be rolled out across Scotland throughout the two-year period.
Young people aged 18 to 24 who have been out of work for nearly 12 months will be the main priority for the jobs, however they will also be offered to older long-term unemployed people from unemployment hotspots.
Hundreds of voluntary organisations will be involved in rolling out the positions in every local authority area in Scotland through network organisations, such as Community Recycling Network for Scotland and the Scottish Sports Association, the Community Transport Association and Voluntary Arts Scotland.
Donna Mackinnon, SCVO’s assistant director of development and programmes, who led the team, said: “The Scottish voluntary sector has seized the opportunity that the government has provided through the Future Jobs Fund to create jobs that will help grow the sector in these difficult financial times as well as provide vital training and experience to young people and the long-term unemployed.
“SCVO is absolutely delighted that the Scottish Voluntary Sector Consortium
bid has been successful and we look forward to welcoming these new starts to the sector.”
Members of the Scottish Sports Association are set to provide 530 jobs in sports development over the next two years, including training young people to become sports coaches.
David McColgan, of the Scottish Sports Association, said: “We recognise that sport has a part to play in the health of our nation, both physically and mentally. Individuals who participate regularly and engage in a sporting environment enjoy the benefits of better health and social inclusion.
“With a total of 16 sports organisations taking part ranging from squash to sub-aqua, the sports sector is certainly well placed to deliver challenging and rewarding jobs for 18-24 year olds.
“Working alongside and learning from individuals who have extensive experience in the sector will offer these young adults an invaluable insight into the many aspects of sport in Scotland.”
Announcing the successful organisations in the first round of the Future Jobs Fund, Secretary of State for Scotland Jim Murphy said: “These are real jobs which will give real help to the long term unemployed alongside the skills, experience and knowledge they need to return to the workforce, providing support where it is needed most.
“We have a huge responsibility to unemployed Scots and we are doing everything we can to make a difference. If we work together, we will get through this recession together. I am looking forward to seeing how the Future Jobs Fund develops in Scotland and hope to visit some of the successful bidders shortly.”
These are the first jobs rolled out under the initiative. The Scottish Voluntary Sector Consortium will continue to create new jobs month by month up to April 2011.
All of the organisations involved have committed to providing a level of support to sustain the jobs, which must pay at least the minimum wage and last six months.
FUND WILL CREATE EXCITING NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES
AS well as providing valuable opportunities in traditional areas of employment, the Future Jobs Fund also offers a huge variety of unusual jobs.
Posts will be created in everything from recycling to finance and from marketing to administration in central, rural and urban areas.
Most jobs – over 1,100 – will be created in the environmental sector with some of Scotland’s best-known charities bidding to create places in what is a fast growing area of the Scottish economy. Many will be frontline service providers with housing associations or health services, but if you’re a jobseeker the voluntary sector world, it seems, is your oyster.
If it’s sport that’s your forte then how about becoming a becoming a water ski instructor, a lifeguard or perhaps a basketball coach for Basketball Scotland?
Interested in culture? Then what about an assistant curator at the Scottish Maritime Museum, an administrator for the Grampian Transport Museum or a job at the Scottish Tartan Authority?
Then there’s a boat restorer, a waterway operative and a portable appliance tester.
And if it’s the environment you’re interested in then a stint as a gardener, a furniture restorer or a household waste advisor could be ideal.
“These posts are indicative of the quality and diversity of the bids submitted,” said Donna Mackinnon, assistant director at SCVO. “It reflects the breadth of provision available and the kind of services and causes the voluntary sector represents.”