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Community Jobs Scotland is looking for third sector organisation to get in touch about hiring a young person

21st August 2017 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

Third sector organisations across Scotland are being encouraged to help create hundreds of jobs for youngsters.

Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) is aiming to benefit both communities and young job seekers by creating 700 job opportunities.

The employability service – operated by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) – supports vulnerable unemployed young people by getting them into work with third sector organisations.

CJS already works with hundreds of employers across Scotland, and so far has filled 7,670 vacancies. The vacancies are funded through programme so the cost to the organisation is small. CJS is now aiming to create a further 700 jobs by March 2018.

Donna Mackinnon, SCVO’s director of employment services, said: “Our team work incredibly hard with partner organisations to support both employers and employees, creating positions for vulnerable, unemployed young people across Scotland.

“However, our work isn’t finished and there are still many unemployed young people out there, so we want to create 700 more jobs in the third sector to enable them to thrive and be active members of their communities.”

Anita Boyle, chief executive of social firm LAMH Recycle Ltd, has been a CJS employer for years and said the scheme has had great benefits.

She said: “I really feel it’s a benefit for the youngsters, especially people who have never worked and this is their first step on the ladder. We can gradually build up their confidence and get them job ready.”

The Scottish Maritime Museum and Living Solutions Ltd are just some of the many other organisations that have benefitted from the scheme.

Lucy, 22, a former CJS employee at Young Enterprise Scotland said: “I graduated and was made redundant in the same month so I was a wee bit stuck. Young Enterprise were able to put me in touch with Community Jobs Scotland and they managed to find me a position that suited me quite well.”

More information and success stories can be found on the SCVO website.

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