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Build your workforce and support young people

Scotland's Employer Recruitment Incentive targets support at unemployed young people. The goal is to get them into a job or a Modern Apprenticeship.

What's in it for you?

You can get up to £4,000 when your company commits to a new job or new Modern Apprentice (MA).

The funding is a contribution towards the additional costs of recruiting a young person during their first 52 weeks of sustainable employment.

Why we’re doing it

The incentive is a co-investment in young people with a view to helping businesses grow.

As a national minimum, it is expected that 25% of places allocated to local authorities will support young people who are care leavers, carers, an ex-offender or disabled.

Are you eligible?

Funding is available from 1 April 2017 to 31 January 2018 to private or third sector organisations of any size. You’ll need to recruit someone who is 16-29 years old and fits one or more of the eligible groups. These groups can be found by downloading our Q&A (annex A).

Your business will need to demonstrate the ability to offer a young person employment lasting a minimum of 52 weeks, an example of this could be a Modern Apprenticeship.

Public sector employers are not eligible to apply.

How to apply

Your local authority can support you to apply for Scotland’s Employer Recruitment Incentive. A dedicated contact for your area can be found here.

Want to know more?

Local authority contacts

Get in touch with your dedicated contact in your local authority area.


Read our Operating Rules and Q&A


550 places are available across all 32 Local Authorities in Scotland. Places are limited and will be accessed on a first come basis within local areas. Find out what is available here.


Scotland’s Employment Recruitment Incentive was launched in July 2015 and paused in December 2015, amid uncertainty following the Chancellor’s spending review and how it would affect the Scottish budget.

The incentive resumed in April 2016 and ran to 31 January 2017 with a sharper focus on the job prospects of young people who face the greatest barriers to employment.

SERI is available again from April 2017 to 31 January 2018.

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