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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.
If you pay them the living wage there will be an additional payment of £500.
This incentive is a co-investment in young people with a view to helping businesses grow.
The Scottish Government funds the scheme, local authorities deliver it and Skills Development Scotland administers the programme on behalf of the Scottish Government.
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.
Funding is available to private business or third sector organisations of any size recruiting someone who is 16-29 years old, fitting one or more of the eligible groups, providing they can demonstrate the capacity to offer sustained employment. This can include recruitment into a Modern Apprenticeship. Public sector employers are not eligible to apply.
Find out more by downloading our Scotland's Employer Recruitment Incentive Q&A (annex A).
Apply for funding and find out about local offers through a dedicated contact for your area, who can be found here.
Find out who is eligible and the roles and responsibilities of the organisations involved by downloading our Q&A
Get in touch with your dedicated contact in your local authority area.
Here are our guidance on the rules and regulations.
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 June 2015 and paused in December 2015, amid uncertainty following the Chancellor’s spending review and how it would affect the Scottish budget.
SERI resumed in April 2016 and will run to 31 January 2017. It has a sharper focus on the job prospects of young people who face the greatest barriers to employment.
The element specifically targeted at small employers to recruit a Modern Apprentice will not be part of the SERI offer from April, unless the MA meets the targeted group criteria Q&A Annex A.
A package of additional in-work support is available to young people participating in SERI and the following young people:
To be eligible for in-work support all participants must meet at least one of the SERI Eligibility Groups (Q&A Annex A).
This is funded by the Scottish Government, managed by SDS and delivered by an extended Open Doors Consortium.
SDS will make available funding of up to £500 per young person to the organisations within Open Doors Consortium which deliver the support. This additional in-work support will be tailored to the needs of the individual and offers specialist employer services such as:
The Open Doors Consortium is made up of a partnership of third sector organisations.
It includes ENABLE Scotland (acting as lead); Royal National Institute of Blind People; Action on Hearing Loss Scotland; Lennox Partnership; Scottish Association for Mental Health; Capability Scotland; Barnardo's; Action for Children; Carers Trust; and Workers Educational Association.
Local authorities should follow the referral process within the SDS operating rules.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 0131 220 8255 or 07889 456 303 to make a referral to Open Doors.
For more information download the Open Doors Consortium Factsheet of in-work support.
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