The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) supported by The Highland Council have been successful in a bid to the UK Community Renewal Fund (UKCRF) for an award of £232,851.
Funding secured for the “Community Jobs Scotland Intergenerational Pilot” proposal by SCVO will create 30 six month paid work placements for young and older unemployed people, in third sector organisations based in Highland.
Highland Council Leader, Cllr Margaret Davidson welcomed the funding announcement, she said:
“This is good news for unemployed people in our communities and positive recognition by the UK Government that practical work placement support with third sector organisations, is another way in which those individuals who have been hardest hit as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic can get back into, or enter for the first time, the world of work.
“This extra funding for the third sector will complement support which already exists from the Scottish Government’s Young Person Guarantee and recently launched Long-term Unemployed programme, and allows for more work placements to be created for young people and adults.
“We will seek when working with the third sector that these work placement opportunities are created across all parts of Highland benefitting as wide a spread of individuals as possible but also as many of our valuable third sector partners.”
Moira Cuthbertson, SCVO said:
“These work placements will support particularly vulnerable and recently unemployed people to progress in their employment, giving them the greatest chance of a positive long-term destination and ensure they are not left behind.
“Each participant will become an employee of a third sector organisation and with support from SCVO, the third sector employers will provide employability support to the employees through on-job training, experience, qualifications and jobsearch support.”