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Build your workforce and support young people

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

What's involved?

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.

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.


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 help you apply for SERI. We've produced a list of dedicated contacts for your area.

Download contacts list >

Interested in additional support?

You can apply for a package of in-work support in addition to, or instead of SERI.

Find out more >

Information and guidance

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.

We offer an in-work support package

Additional in-work support helps young people who are receiving Scotland’s Employer Recruitment Incentive (SERI) or who meet certain eligibility criteria to stay in employment. The types of support on offer include:

  • In-work support package: A 13-week programme which can be extended for an additional 13 weeks. This type of support includes mentoring, job coaching, training and orientation visits.
  • Awareness training: Your business can receive disability and autism awareness training free of charge from an Open Doors Consortium partner.
  • Supported Modern Apprenticeship: The in-work support package can support your business to take on a Modern Apprentice.

In-work support in more detail

The programme is delivered by the Open Doors Consortium, a group of third sector partners. They have developed a factsheet outlining each area of support in more detail.

Download factsheet >

Full eligibility criteria

Participants of SERI can receive this support; it's also available to young people who are not receiving SERI. To apply, you need to employ someone aged 16-29 who meet certain eligibility criteria.

Download eligibility criteria >

Apply for in-work support

The Open Doors Consortium is a group of third sector partners who deliver in-work support.

Contact the lead partner, Enable at or call 0131 220 8255 to discuss the types of support your employee may qualify for.

You can also contact the following people:


Lucy Pearson

07876 865658


Beth Stanners

07889 456192

Lianne Williams

07889 456303

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